Amy Rose is a socially engaged artist with specialisms in play, place, performance and participation. She draws on a toolkit from outdoor arts and popular theatre forms (clown, improvisation, puppetry, street theatre, storytelling etc) alongside collaboration, facilitation and interdisciplinary research skills, to address social and civic concerns. As co-founder and ‘resident artist’ at Playing Out, her approaches were instrumental in growing a national citizen-led movement to activate playable streets. Her participatory, playful projects have had measurable impact to community cohesion, civic engagement, health and well-being and policy at local and national levels. She has worked with University Centre Weston, Bristol City Council, Bath Spa University, OpenMindEd, Royal Conservatoire Scotland/Transitions, Bath Fringe, Harbourside Festival, Green Ginger, Rusty Squid, Kneehigh Theatre, Cirque Bijou, Knowle West Media Centre and others. She has a on-going creative collaboration with Jenny Sanderson as Bocadalupa.
Born in Switzerland and raised in New England, Amy has lived in England since 1995. The youngest daughter of civil rights activist-theologians, early influences include Christmas pageants, political demonstrations and back-yard circuses. She has a BA in Dance and Theatre from Hampshire College and an MA in Theatre Practice from University of Exeter. She trained at Scuola Teatro Dmitri, Circus Space and Ecole Philippe Gaulier. She is married to Chris Pirie of Green Ginger and has three children.