Come and Meet Our Judges of New Work Initiative II

As we are in the middle of our in-house selection on all the submission, our judges are also reading through the scripts. Curious about who they are? Read and find out by yourself! 


Amanda Levie


Passionate for theatre experience reinvention

Amanda Levie is the founder of No Peeking Theatre, which is dedicated to a reinvented blind theatrical experience to access audiences to underrepresented elements of theatre and its sustainable development. By blindfolding the audiences, No Peeking Theatre provides a unique immersive experience consists of sound, smell, touch, atmosphere, and event taste, thus maximizing the absorption of the most honest, creative and tailored contents for every individual.

Among her diverse experiences in theatre industry Amanda is also known an accomplished and passionate director and lighting designer. Her credits include lighting for CNN, Jidenna, Sign Dance International Theatre Company, and directing for Box Colony Productions and Art House Productions.

She is looking forward to contribute to further theatre innovation and discover emerging talented theatre workers.



Shane Kelly

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Dedicated educator and exploer


Shane Kelly is a Professor, Head of The Theatre Technology Program, and Chair of the Design and Technical Department at The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is the co-author, with Jay O.
Glerum, of the upcoming 4 th edition of Stage Rigging Handbook. Shane is co-founder and Executive Director of Cloudgate Theatre in Chicago. Recent Chicago credits include production management for Welcome Yule! at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Society, DePaul School of Music  Opera, and Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust. Nationally he has worked as the Opera Technical Director and Sound Design Instructor at University of Northern Colorado, Assistant Technical Director at American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, Carpenter and Rigger at Guthrie Theatre and a freelance scenic, sound and lighting designer. Shane is a  freelance rigger doing inspections, installations, specification of systems, and training Internationally he was the Associate Director of Education for SpaceLab at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and Technical Director for Six Acts at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial Scenofest. He is a trainer for USITT’s Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses, is a lead eSET Rigging practical testing proctor and USITT Elite Training coordinator. He is a USITT Director and former Chair of USITT Midwest Regional Section. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Arena and Theatre) and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He has an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.


See our previous introduction on other judges here


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