Amber Snow Duve discovered her passion for the performing arts at a very young age. One of her first roles was Cinderella in a school musical production and it was a life-changing experience! Over the years, Amber has participated in many community and school events, both as a performer and director. She even got to play Cinderella again, as an adult, in a community production of Into the Woods! She has studied theatre, music, dance, and received a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Performance Studies.
During her time at ASU, she had the privilege of originating and performing a role for a main stage production. She also participated in a workshop demonstrating the impacts of playback theatre (a type of improv theatre) for youth in lower income communities and was able to implement a program in Phoenix shortly after graduating. Amber has over 20 years of experience working with children and youth in many capacities, including work as a drama/acting coach, incorporating music, creative movement, acting/pretend play, and sports skills in local children’s programs, and directing many children’s theatre productions and camps.
One of her favorite things about working with children is witnessing life-changing growth moments, which she has experienced many times within the performing arts world. There is something magical about allowing children and youth to play while teaching performance skills and character development. It not only helps them become better performers, but offers them an opportunity to create and feel more whole as humans! She works daily to embody this quote by Mr. Fred Rogers: “When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”