Amy Rebecca King

Notable Achievements

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Amy Rebecca King organized a panel titled “Mixed-Asian Casting” for the 2022 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Annual Conference, held July 28–31 in Detroit, Michigan. Even though multicultural people make up the fastest-growing demographic in America, they are underrepresented in the media. This panel explored the issues that multicultural actors, specifically mixed-Asian actors, experience in the casting industry. King, along with her colleagues Reiko Aylesworth (Southern Methodist University) and Robert Torigoe (University of Hawaii), gathered interviews with actor Amy Hill, casting director Victor Vazquez, and editor-in-chief of Mixed Asian Media Alex Chester and explored the experiences of mixed-Asian actors, as well as the difficulties of casting according to race in film/TV, theatre, and media. The session was very well attended, and the first-time panelists have been invited back to present at next year’s conference.

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Amy Rebecca King is an actor, dancer, educator, writer, director and devisor from Los Angeles, California. She has worked with student of all ages in theatre for the last 7 years. She most recently acted in The Mystery of Irma Vep at CalRep, where she also finished her most recent play: Finger Lickin’ Good. She received her BFA in Theatre from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2016, and her MFA in Acting Pedagogy from California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) in May of 2022. Her areas of interest include acting, movement, directing, playwriting, devising, as well as theatre research and studies. As the new Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at Southwestern University, her mission is to navigate how we as teachers can best teach to the students in front of us, and to uphold her anti-racist theatre ethos: to establish an inclusive environment in order to amplify the voices of global majority artists, actively combatting racism, white supremacy and the patriarchy in theatre. As a biracial Asian actor, she has witnessed the direct effects of whiteness and the patriarchy in casting throughout her entire career. 

  • Amy Rebecca King is an actor, dancer, educator, writer, director and devisor from Los Angeles, California. She has worked with student of all ages in theatre for the last 7 years. She most recently acted in The Mystery of Irma Vep at CalRep, where she also finished her most recent play: Finger Lickin’ Good. She received her BFA in Theatre from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2016, and her MFA in Acting Pedagogy from California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) in May of 2022. Her areas of interest include acting, movement, directing, playwriting, devising, as well as theatre research and studies. As the new Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at Southwestern University, her mission is to navigate how we as teachers can best teach to the students in front of us, and to uphold her anti-racist theatre ethos: to establish an inclusive environment in order to amplify the voices of global majority artists, actively combatting racism, white supremacy and the patriarchy in theatre. As a biracial Asian actor, she has witnessed the direct effects of whiteness and the patriarchy in casting throughout her entire career.