Amy works across Theatre, Dance, Site Specific and Devised performance.
Amy designed the lighting for the acclaimed ‘Pie Shop’ version of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEETSTREET, which is currently playing at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York. She won the Knight of Illumination Award in 2016 for the London production, and her designs for the New York production have been nominated for the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lighting.
Upcoming credits include: BR’ER COTTON (Theatre 503), MOUNTAINS: THE DREAMS OF LILY KWOK (Royal Exchange) and EXPLODING CIRCUS (Pavilion Theatre, Worthing).
Recent Credits include: OTHELLO, JEKYLL AND HYDE and THE HOST (NYT Rep Season 2017); HALF BREED (Talawa - Soho Theatre & Assembly Rooms); START SWIMMING (Young Vic/Summerhall Edinburgh); THE UGLY ONE (Park Theatre); BABETTE’S FEAST (The Print Room); THE LOUNGE (Soho Theatre); WORDSWORTH (Theatre By The Lake); PARADISE OF THE ASSASSINS (Tara Theatre); KNIFE EDGE (Pond Restaurant, Dalston); MINATURISTS 55 (Arcola Theatre); PRIZE FIGHTS (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art); ORPHANS (Southwark Playhouse); MACBETH (Italia Conti) I'M NOT HERE RIGHT NOW (Paines Plough's Roundabout and Soho Theatre) LIOLA (New Diorama Theatre); CHILDREN IN UNIFORM, PUNK ROCK (Tristan Bates Theatre); SWEENEY TODD (Harringtons Pie and Mash Shop and West End); THE THREE SISTERS (Cockpit Theatre); CAT COUTURE (Music Video); IN BED (London Theatre Workshop); HENRY V (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art); POOL, THE GUT GIRLS (Brockley Jack Theatre); THE LEGACY (The Place).
Programming Credits Include: JEUX (Royal Opera House); TANNHAUSER (Longborough Festival Opera); ROBIN HOOD (Stratford East Theatre Royal); LELA & CO (The Royal Court); DIRTY BUTTERFLY (The Young Vic); RED FOREST (The Young Vic).
She was one of the invited speakers at the 2017 Showlight Conference in Florence.
Amy trained at RADA on the postgraduate Stage Electrics and Lighting Design course and has a degree in Stage Management and Performing Arts from the University of Winchester.
BR’ER COTTON opens at Theatre503
Directed by Roy Alexander Weise (winner of the JMK Award in 2016) with Lighting Design by Amy Mae. BR’ER COTTON by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm opened at Theatre503 on Monday.
The Guardian ★★★★
“Roy Alexander Weise’s direction makes use of a compact space with ease; the actors almost glide across the stage, and the framing of more dreamlike sequences is impressive.”
“Amy Mae’s lighting allows the shifts from kitchen to moonlit cotton field to dystopian video-game wasteland appear seamless”
“This is an important play, and a great one, that will leave audiences thinking for a long time.”
Evening Standard ★★★★
“Roy Alexander Weise’s visually bold staging relishes this ambitious play’s fiery dialogue”
“It adds up to an intricate consideration of the complexities of present-tense race relations, but Roy Alexander Weise's production ensures it's always fully-felt.”
“Weise’s production cruises along on Jemima Robinson’s set… [he] is an exciting director with scope and real visual flair.”
Amy Mae shortlisted for the 2018 Arts Foundation Awards
MLR's Amy Mae has been shortlisted for a 25th Anniversary Arts Foundation Award!
To mark each year the Foundation has been supporting individual creative practice, 25 artists have been shortlisted. Five will be selected to receive the £10,000 fellowship with the runners up each receiving £1,000.
The winners will be announced at a special party on the 1st February. Best of luck to Amy!
NYT’s OTHELLO & JEKYLL AND HYDE open at the Ambassadors Theatre
Roy Alexander Weise is director on JECKYLL AND HYDE, and Amy Mae is Lighting Designer on both shows. They run in the West End until 6th December.
Reviews for JEKYLL & HYDE...
What's On Stage ★★★★
"All is deftly overseen by director Roy Alexander Weise, who jumps between the various narratives with ease. The use of movement is particularly effective"
Broadway World ★★★★
“Roy Alexander Weise's direction takes risks, and he isn't afraid to keep in the many expletives for the school performance.”
“moments of genius”
London Theatre 1 ★★★★
“pushing the audience to face and consider more current inequalities.”
“Two very wordy pieces of theatre were executed with precision and a quality that would challenge many professional productions I have seen.”
“As with Othello the night before, the lighting design and set design was extremely impressive.”
“Congratulations to both Laura Hopkins (Set Design) and Amy Mae (Lighting Design) for again reminding us that attention to detail in these areas can really enhance”
“the production was absolutely brilliant.”
Reviews for OTHELLO...
London Theatre 1 ★★★★★
“every so often, there is a reworking and a re-imagining that brings the 400-year-old dialogue to life. This is one of those times.”
“Amy Mae’s lighting design added immensely to the feel of the production, I felt like I was experiencing temperature changes brought about by mood change on stage – and that was largely due to the lighting which was stunning.”
THE UGLY ONE opens at the Park Theatre
Roy Alexander Weise directs Marius Von Mayenburg’s comedy, with Lighting Design by Amy Mae and Sound Design by Giles Thomas. The show has been nominated for 'Best Production' in the Off West End Theatre Awards and runs until the 24th June.
Broadway World ★★★★
“the direction from Roy Alexander Weise, 2016 winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award, is precise in how it mines the script for smart humour.”
“The Ugly One is a definite success, with genuine performances complimented by superb direction”
London Theatre 1 ★★★★
“a great night of theatre, directed by Roy Alexander Weise with humour and gusto this production is a masterclass in snappy creative direction”
“This is biting dark satire directed with real comedic precision that asks relevant questions about the importance of being beautiful.”
Camden New Journal
“Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the 2016 James Menzies-Kitchin Award, directs with panache.”
“there are moments of striking originality under Roy Alexander Weise’s direction”
Nominations are in for the Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards
Drama Desk Awards
Simon Kenny is nominated for Outstanding Set Design for a Musical for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Amy Mae is nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
All together SWEENEY TODD is nominated for 7 awards!
Richard Nelson is nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play for WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?/WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE at the Public Theater.
The Q Brothers are nominated for Outstanding Lyrics for OTHELLO: THE REMIX
Off-Broadway Alliance Awards
SWEENEY TODD (Design by Simon Kenny and Lighting by Amy Mae) is nominated for Best Musical Revival
OTHELLO: THE REMIX (Written, Composed and Directed by The Q Brothers) is nominated for Best New Musical
Outstanding Lighting Nomination for Amy Mae
Amy Mae's Lighting Designs for Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatre, NYC) have been nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award - celebrating the best in Off-Broadway theatre.
Sweeney Todd (Set and Costume Design by MLR client Simon Kenny) has the largest nominations this year, with 7 - including for Best Musical Revival.
The winners will be announced on May 7th - fingers crossed for Team Sweeney and Amy!
Simon Kenny and Amy Mae open SWEENEY TODD in New York!
Tooting Arts Club open their production of Sondheim’s musical at Barrow Street Theater with Design by Simon Kenny and Lighting by Amy Mae. The show originally opened at Harrington’s Pie and mash shop in Tooting in 2014 followed by a run on Shaftesbury Avenue. Booking for the NY run has now extended to December 2017.
The Stage ★★★★★
“riveting, immersive production”
“confrontational and powerful”
Time Out ★★★★★
“From outside it may look like a light snack, but this thrilling, overwhelming Sweeney is a full-course meal: hot from the oven and dripping blood.”
“The clever pop-up set by Simon Kenny — a faithful replica of Harrington’s down to the stained glass windows”
“do expect lighting designer Amy Mae and sound man Matt Stine to set up a bloody racket when Sweeney’s victims go shuffling off to their deaths.”
The New Yorker
"Buckhurst and his set designer, the original and perfect Simon Kenny, have reinforced the show’s depiction of English class distinctions—the many lives spent in service to the few—by creating a pinched, claustrophobic, dimly lit environment."
"A wonderous production"
New York Times
The Daily Beast
“marvelous, nerve-shredding London transfer”
“The surroundings are so convincing my friend asked if this was a disused café, or a mysterious ante-room to the theatre.”
“Kenny’s ingeniously economic design”
“Amy Mae’s simple but effective lighting”
The Hollywood Reporter
“the chilling intimacy of this ingenious site-specific production has stayed with me.”
“designer Simon Kenny has transformed the Barrow Street Theatre in Greenwich Village into an uncanny facsimile of the original setting.”
“resourceful use of candlelight and lanterns to enhance the period illusion.”
“The urgency and immediacy of its storytelling make it a terrific introduction to a glittering musical by a composer at the peak of his powers, and also an invigorating new spin for audiences who know and love this brilliantly conceived Victorian nightmare.”
“takes an already great musical and turns it into a heart-pounding visceral experience.”
“The scent of burning candle wax mixes with the sweat of the actors, perfectly setting the mood for this Victorian thriller.”
“It pulls us into the heart of the story like no other musical playing in New York right now.”
"ingeniously transformed into a facsimile of Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop"
"there are many pleasures to recommend this revival, adroitly staged by Bill Buckhurst in Simon Kenny’s uncanny setting."
Amy Mae is Lighting Designer on PARADISE OF THE ASSASSINS at Tara Theatre
Running until the 8th October
The Upcoming ★★★★★
“A superb piece”
“the lighting is particularly effective, adding drama and visual nuance.”
London Theatre 1
“superbly illuminated by Amy Mae’s lighting design which gives the production an extra layer of atmosphere”
A Younger Theatre
“Amy Mae’s lighting is simple and services the plot effectively”