Amanda Petefish-Schrag

Associate Professor of Theatre

Amanda Petefish-Schrag is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Iowa State University. Her professional credits include work as a playwright, puppeteer, director, actor, and mom. Her playwriting work has been produced at festivals and theaters in London, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Denver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Iowa City, and has been published by Playscripts, Inc., and Smith and Kraus.  Her current puppetry research and performance work explores the use of discarded materials as a means of preserving puppeteers’ historical social-ethical function. Amanda is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the International Union of Marionette Artists, the Puppeteers of America, and is a past recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grant, and the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Higher Education.  

Show Credits

  • Director, The Velveteen Rabbit, 2023
  • Puppet Designer and Fabricator, Head Over Heels, 2023
  • Puppet Designer, She Kills Monsters, 2023
  • Puppet Designer, Iowa Insect Pageant, 2022
  • Director, Iowa Insect Pageant, 2022
  • Facilitator, Of the Deep: Meditations Upon the Death of a Blue Whale, 2020
  • Project Facilitator, Iowa Odyssey (or How We Got to Here), 2019
  • Director, Playwright, Puppet Designer, Iphigenia, 2018
  • Director, Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues, 2017
  • Director, The Tempest, 2017
  • Dialect Coach, Cabaret, 2016
  • Director, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play,2016
  • Puppet Design/Construction, The Birds,2016
  • Director, Adapter, The Birds, 2016
  • Director, Love and Information, 2015
  • Director, On the Verge, 2015
  • Cast, 100th Anniversary Gala Performance, 2014
M.F.A. in Directing, Minnesota State University Mankato
B.A. in Theatre Arts, University of Minnesota
0318 Carver Hall Iowa State University