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M.A. Directing    2006                                    B.A. English/Language Arts   1997

Chicago College of Performing Arts                 University of Alabama in Huntsville           

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL                    


Amy Pugh Patel is the founding director of James Clemens Theatre. Before coming to James Clemens, she taught Theatre for 14 years at Butler High School, her alma mater, and completed a year-long sabbatical doing independent research in theatre curriculum and various acting/directing methods and traveling to schools across the U.S. to observe productions and classes.  She has taught part-time at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Pinnacle Schools, and the Hollywood Huntsville studio. 

She has directed and/or served as technical director for over 50 productions at James Clemens, Butler and in the Huntsville/Madison community. Several productions earned recognition at local and statewide festivals, including the honor of performing at the International Thespian Festival in 2007 and SETC in 2016.  Memorable productions include The Wiz, Booby Trap, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, In the BloodFor Colored Girls...,  Alabama Rain, The Miracle Worker, Little Shop of Horrors, Phobiology (a unique site specific production at Lowe Mill), Metamorphoses, and Disney's Beauty & the Beast.  She directed Silenced on Barbour Street and The Jungle Book which both represented Alabama in the SETC One-Act Play Festival.

She has performed in numerous shows, including Macbeth, Where the Great Ones Run (UAH), Shakespeare on the Mountain and The Laramie Project. While in The Parkbench and Dinner with Friends, she competed at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival.  Her performance in Urinetown: The Musical earned a Wings nomination. She earned a Wings Award for Best Lead Actress for her role as Becca in Rabbit Hole.

She was named the Alabama State Secondary Theatre Teacher of the Year in 2013 and was named James Clemens Teacher of the Year in 2016. 



Amy and her husband Sandy have two sons, both of whom attend Madison City Schools. Amy grew up in Huntsville and has lived in Madison for 14 years.