New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Amanda Whitworth/Lead With Arts

Amanda Whitworth is New Hampshire’s (USA) Artist Laureate and a teaching artist residing in  central New Hampshire, with a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and networking.  She was awarded a Vermeil Medal from the Arts-Sciences-Lettres Société Académique d'encouragement et d'éducation in Paris, France for her work as a collaborative artist.  Named one of the state’s “40 Under 40”  impactful people in 2019, she continues to work as a performer of dance and physical theatre with choreographers and organizations both nationally and internationally. Ms. Whitworth is committed to diversifying her work and collaborates with partners on large-scale projects. 


As the Director of Dance at Plymouth State University, and recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, Ms. Whitworth has moved the curriculum toward interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative performances.  Highly unique in academia, the "Dance Entrepreneurship" degree concentration/track has spearheaded networks of growth, service and advocacy across New England through innovative partnerships with on and off campus constituents including Canterbury Shaker Village, Art Front- Manchester, Pemi Arts Region Community Group, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Ashland Elementary School to name a few.  


Deeply passionate about the visibility and equity of dance across northern New England, Whitworth and a team of dance professionals founded the New Hampshire Dance Alliance, 501(c)(3) in 2015.  In her term as President, the NHDA played instrumental roles in revising the NH State Curricular Standards for Dance Education with the Department of Education, raised a voice for dance in the creative economy at the State House and Legislative round table sessions, and provided networking and professional development opportunities for dance educators and artists across private and public sectors.  NHDA unveiled a public website with a statewide community calendar and a free repository of resources for dance educators, performers and enthusiasts at: .


Whitworth sustains a deep artistic practice and feels that the rigor embedded in the process of creating and performing art is at the core of all her endeavors.  A sought-after master teacher, choreographer and performer, she continues to work locally and abroad in works of dance, theatre, film and physical theatre.  In the past decade, Whitworth, under the alias of Lead With Arts, has focused on collaborative and innovative projects that bring together thinkers from opposing disciplines.  Projects have infused dance into technology, design, 2D and 3D visual art, science, business, and public schools and beyond.


Whitworth is co-founder, along with colleague C. Robin Marcotte, MFA (actor) and partner Bobby Kelly, MD of ARTICINE.  Articine connects artists and medical professionals to create and implement  collaborative wellness experiences for people across New Hampshire.




B.F.A Dance, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

M.Ed. Integrated Arts Education, Plymouth State University

Certificate in Creative Placemaking, New Hampshire Institute of Art (Expected graduation: June 2019)

Neil and Louise Tillotson Learning Community Trust Cohort 2019




Board Member (New England) – American College Dance Association

Steering Committee  – New Hampshire Creative Communities Network

Board of Directors  – Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire

Board of Directors - Articine, Inc.

I Have Worked With

  • January 2018

    Director of Dance at Plymouth State University for the past 11 years.  Lecturer at the university for the past 13 years.  Curate 4 major productions per academic year as well as collaborative art experiences with strong dance components.  Recent work includes the interdisciplinary performance "Brilliant Being" (theatre, voice, technology, projection mapping, music), Standardized Patient Training Certification (dance, acting, phyiscal therapy, nursing, school counseling), Design and Process performance (dance and sculpture), Site-specific multi-diciplinary projects between biological science and dance, Museum of the White Mountains and dance, wellness and dance.



  • January 2018

    Program consulting and devising new work for dance programming at the Village since summer 2016.  Relationship continues.

  • August 2017

    Sponsor and partner on project entitled "From Refugee Camp to Project" with Sokeo Ros.  NEFA funded opportunity.  Relationship continues to grow. 


  • Artist

Contact Information

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Physical Address: 
201 Sanborn Road
Ashland, NH 03217
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Populations Served: 
General Public
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Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Portfolio Review
Product Development Services
Professional Development / Training
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
New Hampshire Dance Alliance
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire
National Dance Education Organization
American College Dance Association
BFA Dance - NYU/Tisch School of the Arts
M.Ed Integrated Arts Education - Plymouth State University
Certificate: Creative Placemaking, New England College
Certificate: Standardized Patient Training Educator, University of Illinois-Chicago
Friends of Dance Award, Goucher College
J.S. Seidman Award, New York University - Tisch School of the Arts
Monticello Award, Regional Dance America
Vermiel Medal, Arts-Sciences-Lettres Academic Société
New Hampshire Artist Laureate, 2020 - 2022

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
Public projects always include accessibility audit and inclusion focused practices to make each viewer able to engage fully with the work.

I am a Touring Artist

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State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Health
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Certificate: Standardized Patient Training Educator
Certificate: Creative Placemaking
M.Ed Integrated Arts Education
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