Amber DuPuy started performing as a dancer for the Austin Ballet Theatre’s Jr. Company when she was a young teenager. As a dancer, she discovered the magic of opening up to her “presence” on stage and the joy of offering up her performance to the audience. Essentially, she learned one of the golden rules of acting – take your attention off yourself and your performance and put your focus outside of yourself.
In college, she studied theatre at Pomona College near Los Angeles, where she learned to “be herself” while playing characters twice her age, hailing from socio-economic backgrounds other than her own, speaking in different dialects or moving across stage in new ways. She also learned about theatre history, the Stanislavsky method: how to find beats and actions, costume design and set design.
In her early 20s, Amber moved to New York City to deepen her study of the craft of acting at the Actors Theatre Workshop, Inc. She studied with Thurman and Janet Scott, who taught the Stella Adler acting technique, for over six years.
Back in Austin, Amber studied the Meisner technique with Ron Hayden at the Two Chairs Studio. And occasionally traveled to Los Angeles for a weekend workshop with Michelle Danner of the Larry Moss Studio or a singing class taught by Laura Skye. She has also taught herself the techniques from Uta Hagen’s “A Challenge for the Actor.”
As an acting professional, she has worked in film, TV and theatre and was a company member of the Austin Playhouse where she has performed in many theatrical productions and was nominated for best actress in a musical for her portrayal of Sally Bowles. In 2011, Amber played the Administrative Nurse in an episode of the critically acclaimed television show, “Friday Night Lights.”
She has tutored 100s of students over the past 10 years at the State Theatre School of Acting, the Mindful Body Center, and The City Theatre. She has a reputation of being highly perceptive, compassionate and committed to artistic excellence.
Amber teaches private lessons, duets or small groups up to 8 students.
She is also a certified Pilates instructor and an esthetician.