Amanda Hestwood, Education Director. Photo by Twin Cities Headshots.

Amanda Hestwood, Education Director. Photo by Twin Cities Headshots.

Amanda Hestwood

Education Director

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Amanda Hestwood is the Education Director at Ashland. She began her position at Ashland in September 2017. Amanda oversees all of Ashland Education including classes, workshops our Ambassador program, Ashland Collaborative Theatre (ACT!) and Summer Camps.

W H Y A S H L A N D ?

“I have always been drawn to educational theatre. After retiring from teaching, the opportunity at Ashland presented itself and seemed to be the perfect marriage of my interests and skill set. My personal mission of enhancing student lives through theatre seemed to fit hand and glove with Ashland and my time here has only cemented that belief.”

W H O I S A M A N D A ?

Amanda is a retired English and Theatre teacher with more than twenty years in public education most recently as a teacher and director at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. She has more than forty community theatre and high school directing credits to her name including: A Christmas Story, The Little Mermaid, White Christmas, Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof and Beauty and the Beast. Amanda holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre and English and a Masters of Education from Hamline University. She is mom to Dylan (18), Connor (14) and Riley (11) with her husband of twenty-five years, Nathan. She is thrilled to be directing James and the Giant Peach Jr this season and Beauty and the Beast next season.