An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Playground – Reel
Amy Elizabeth Duesing
Height: 5’6″ Hair: Auburn Eyes: Hazel
|A Streetcar Named Desire||Stella||Granbury Theatre Company - dir. Ben Lokey|
|All Hands On Deck!||Daisy Maxwell||National Tour, dir. - Jody Madaras|
|1776||Abigail Adams||Granbury Theatre Company|
|Bye Bye Birdie||Rosie Alvarez||Artisan Center Theatre|
|Phantom||Christine||Artisan Center Theatre|
|The King and I||Tuptim||Graham Regional Theatre (with Teri Bibb and Andy Umburger)|
|South Pacific||Nellie Forbush||Artisan Center Theatre|
|The Music Man||Marian Paroo||Plaza Theatre Company|
|Singin’ In The Rain||Kathy Selden||Plaza Theatre Company|
|The Secret Garden||Lily||Plaza Theatre Company|
|You Can't Take It With You||Alice||Plaza Theatre Company|
|Ghost of a Chance||Bethany||Plaza Theatre Company|
|Annie Get Your Gun||Annie Oakley||Artisan Center Theatre|
|Camelot||Guenevere||Family Music Theatre|
|The Mikado||Pitti Sing||Dallas Baptist University|
|Amahl and the Night Visitors||The Mother||Dallas Baptist University|
|The Ballad of Baby Doe (scenes)||Augusta Tabor||Dallas Baptist University|
|An Idle Mind is the Devil's Playground||Supporting (Lydia)||He Said She Said Productions|
|American Nobody||Supporting (Debbie Ross)||SMG Productions|
|Ages of God||Principal||University of Utah - student film|
|The Lost Wallet||Supporting||Utah Valley University - student film|
|The Nihilist||Leading||University of Utah - student film|
Bachelor of Art with a Music Major – Vocal Emphasis – Dallas Baptist University
Vocal Study: Dr. Wes Moore, Vicki Kelly, Laura Lewis Stevenson
Dance: ballet, jazz, tap, Irish Step, Scottish Highland
Film training: The Actors Workshop with Michael Flynn
Amy hails from Dallas, Texas. She attended Dallas Baptist University, earning a B.A. in Music and studying voice lessons with Dr. Wes Moore. After college, Amy spent 6 months as a co-director and producer for youth theatre, while performing in the United Kingdom. Since then, she has taught private voice lessons to both middle and high school students, and choreographed show choir and musical theatre. Amy sings professionally and passionately pursues her acting career.
Mrs. Duesing toured the country as part of the cast of the highly acclaimed production of All Hands On Deck!, a patriotic USO style tribute to the music of the 1940s. She also played a lead role in the workshop of A Wall Apart, a musical by Lord Graham Russell of Air Supply. Amy has performed at Bass Hall, Carnegie Hall, York Minster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, live on BBC Radio, and in numerous smaller venues throughout the USA.
Amy recently returned to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and now teaches private voice lessons in Keller ISD and Wylie ISD. Amy’s students have continually excelled in All-Region Choirs, and Solo and Ensemble contests. Mrs. Duesing works to inspire young singers to use consistent, healthy technique that will be the basis for a lifetime of singing. Amy hopes that her students will grow into well-rounded performers and continue in a love of singing, either as professionals or passionate shower-singers!
Amy and her husband, Hunter, live in Dallas, TX with their two mini dachshunds, Jackie and Cooper.
Bye Bye Birdie
“…Amy Atkins played Rose Alvarez, Albert’s secretary and love interest. After eight years she has decided it’s time to get her man or else. Atkins had the most sincere, heart-felt ballads in this show and she nailed them with a nice combination of pure, powerful voice, a deepening of each song with her own subtext that revealed Rosie’s longing for Albert, and an acting style that made her a perfect ingénue. Atkins created vulnerability for Rose which was understandable as a woman who wanted her man. Remember, it was the 50’s. But Rose has strength and when Atkins lit into some of her songs, you could feel determination and anguish, especially in her duet with young Kim, What Did I Ever See in Him. Rosie dances a lot, as you might guess from a role originated by Chita Rivera. Atkins danced all songs well, whether in ballroom style with Tillman or other moves. But the highlight was her iconic Spanish dancer during the Shriner Ballet. I don’t know how much was modeled after Rivera’s iconic stage dance, but it was high energy, on the tables, under the tables, all around the tables, in a nifty bit of choreography with the uptight Shriners of Sweet Apple following, avoiding, catching, sometimes missing the energetic dancer. It was colorful, funny, and harkened back to some of the musical movies of the 1940’s which had big, lush, over-the-top dance numbers. It was a bit of an interlude, but fun and funny. ” – Charlie Bowles, Associate Critic for John Garcia’s THE COLUMN
An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Playground – Feature Film
February 2016, Amy played Lydia in an indie film An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Playground. Entirely shot in black and white and filmed in a historic home in Arizona, the film features a 1960s setting and harkens back to the genre of The Twilight Zone.
For more information about this film or to purchase a DVD, click here.
Amy was part of a viral commercial for Nordic Track, shot by Jamestown films. She worked with several YouTube stars and played a fitness dance instructor in the commercial.
Amy recently completed work on her first feature film, American Nobody (IMBD link). She played reporter Debbie Ross.
Amy recently played Sylvia in Hale Center Theatre’s Production of Oklahoma!, running from August – October.
She has studied in The Actors Workshop with Michael Flynn.
Recent films projects:
Age of Gods
In March 2014, Amy performed the role of Stella in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The show was performed in the newly renovated Granbury Opera House.
This production was produced by the Granbury Theatre Company.
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
Show runs: March 14th – April 5th.
Granbury Opera House Production directed by Ben Lokey.
Tennessee Williams’ magnificent play has one of the widest audiences in contemporary literature. In its first year of presentation in New York, A Streetcar Named Desire won The Pulitzer Prize, The Donaldson Award and The New York Drama Critics Award. The film version of Streetcar was also a triumphant success, winning the New York Film Critics Award as well as a handful of Oscars from the Motion Picture Academy. A Streetcar Named Desire is the haunting story of a woman who was betrayed by love. Blanche DuBois, tormented by the memory of her tragic marriage and the scandal that followed, in the small southern town of her birth, flees to New Orleans to find refuge with her sister, Stella. But Stanley, her brother-in-law, a sometimes violent, passionate man, exposes her past, cutting off her last chance of escape from the squalid misery of her life, and driving her to the brink of insanity.