Making music, building dreams through the arts
Amber Palmer
Drama Instructor

Amber has been a lover of theater and writing her whole life and was heavily involved in her high school’s drama club and Kent State University Trumbull Branch’s Summer Stock Summer Internship. She loved all aspects of theater, including performance, theater tech, writing and puppetry. She continued to follow her passion and earned her degree in Theatre Studies at Youngstown State University, where she focused heavily on playwriting, dramaturgy, lighting, and puppetry. After she fell in love with playwriting during her time at YSU, she went on to study at Western Michigan University, earning her MFA in Creative Writing: Playwriting. She currently attends the University of Wisconsin Madison as a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, where she studies docudrama, avant-garde theater and contemporary drama.

Amber has worked as a playwright for several years, and has had plays workshopped and produced across the country, including Michigan, New York, and Florida. She was a finalist for the National Award for Short Playwriting in 2019 and in 2020 and is published in Best Men’s Monologues of 2019. As an instructor, she has taught first year writing and introductory playwriting at Western Michigan University, English 9/10 and creative writing with the Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP), and currently is a teaching assistant at UW Madison.

Through her experience as an instructor, a student and an artist, Amber has fostered the firm belief that the arts are for everyone and that everyone deserves to see themselves represented within art. “I think everyone is an artist. People have an inherent desire to create and communicate, and that’s what making art is. It’s making space for you to be seen and understood on your own terms.”

When not at Prairie Music & Arts, Amber loves spending time with her shih tzu mix Freddy, taking care of her pet fish, playing video games and spending time with family and friends.