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AMY TINKHAM

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Having a therapist for a mother and a father who’s entrepreneurial spirit included founding the Indiana Pacers,  Amy ‘s exposure to human behavior in it’s most spectacular and intimate expressions influenced her at a very early age.  Drawing and painting to understand her world, she lived inside her visual creations, until she discovered that dance could provide another dimension to her voice as an artist.

She ventured out to study under dance visionaries like Erick Hawkins, who’s honesty and fluidity of movement would greatly affect her approach to working with performers in the future.  She eventually danced professionally in New York City and Los Angeles in productions at BAM’s NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL, scores of MTV music videos, and films like THE MASK and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

This led her to work as a choreographer, on projects with MADONNA, THE DIXIE CHICKS, EARTH WIND AND FIRE, AEROSMITH, and MOTLEY CREW.   The time spent on these productions inspired her desire to create the whole vision for shows, and her directing career began. 

Adept at bringing creative teams together in a highly collaborative and organic process, she conceptualizes and designs her work on a project to project basis, finding her inspiration from the artists in the room, and the alchemy they create when together. From set, to lighting, video, and costume design, she oversees the big picture, while directing, staging, and sometimes writing the script for the production.  Whether it is a circus, a music concert, or a theater production, Amy finds that the most moving and innovative productions are created when every person involved is invested and ignited creatively.  Hers is a democratic process, where passion, humor, hard work, and room for error make way for authentic and inspired productions.​​One of her first projects as a director was a short film called THE ACTING THING that premiered at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, and also won the HOUSTON WORLD FILM FESTIVAL AWARD for “Best Comedy Short.” 

Amy is currently Creative Director of the new JAMES TAYLOR 2017 summer tour.  In 2016 she directed DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE, and young singer/songwriter prodigy GRACE VANDERWAAL, the winner of America’s Got Talent season 11, in her first headlining show at the PLANET HOLLYWOOD in Las Vegas. She was also director of MR. HARRY BELAFONT’ES live concert for social justice at the MANY RIVERS TO CROSS FESTIVAL in Atlanta, produced by Gina Belafonte and SANKOFA.ORG, with an all star cast including COMMON, JOHN LEGEND, & MAXWELL.  She was director of the STAR WARS segment on the ABC Disneyland Special, and was Creative Director of the LEGENDS AWARD CEREMONY at the DISNEY D23 EXPO, as well as STEVEN TYLER at NASACAR, and DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE on TOUR.  She has been in development for the STAR WARS concert project with DISNEY and FIVECURRENTS for over a year as well.  She directed the PBS special for IL VOLO, live at Pompeii, and is director of multiple AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE shows.  She collaborated with Paula Abdul and music video directorMarc Klasfeld of ROCKHARD FILMS for an AVON and Breast Cancer Awareness video.  She is currently adapting the award-winning film ADAM with Olympus Pictures into a modern mulitdiscipinary musical, and was Creative Director on a ROYAL WEDDING IN DUBAI, partnering with DesignLab Events on a spectacular show with 3,000 attendees.  ​She worked with Disney stars Bridgitte Mendler and Lucy Hale (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) on their promotional tours and performances.  Her directing credits also include the Matt Morrison(GLEE) PBS SPECIAL, “Where It All Began”, DISNEY’S THE SOUND OF MAGIC, with music composer Giles Martin of the BEATLES LOVE show, DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE in Las Vegas show,  Paula Abdul’s MACY’S number for DANCING WITH THE STARS, Paul McCartney’s LIVE AT THE APOLLO performance of HITCH HIKER, an international tour for Latin artist Paulino Rubio,  the world tour for AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Teri Hatcher in the BAND FROM TV, the RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM AND BAILEY 200th Anniversary Show, as well as the 2008 show, Martina McBride’s SHINE ALL NIGHT TOUR, YANNI VOICES World Tour, Cheetah Girls ONE WORLD TOUR,  co-direction on segments for Paul McCartney’s World Tours, the Dixie Chicks TOP OF THE WORLD TOUR, a collaboration as director and writer with Kenny Ortega on AMERICAN DANCE, Clay Aiken’s summer and Christmas Tours, as well as his show with Ruben Studdard, video direction for Britney Spears’  DREAM WITHIN A DREAM TOUR, Earth, Wind, and Fire/Chicago Summer Tour,  co-direction on Backstreet Boys BLACK AND BLUE TOUR, andMariah Carey’s RAINBOW TOUR. She has also conceptualized performances for the GRAMMY AWARDS and the COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and for PBS.​ 

A strong advocate of issues surrounding youth, arts education, and human rights, Amy just finished working with SANKOFA.org and HARRY BELAFONTE at the first social justice music festival in Atlanta, the MANY RIVERS FESTIVAL.  She directed the LOS ANGELES HIGH SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS 2016 theater graduation performance at the DISNEY CONCERT HALL, HIGHLAND HALL’S HALLAPALOOZA WITH MELISSA ETHERIDGE, (raising funds for tuition assistance for WALDORF EDUCATION), was the Artistic Director for 24 HOUR RUSH, (a benefit for the​ BABY DRAGON FUND benefitting youth crystal meth recovery and mental issues at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center), and VAGINA MONOLOGUES at the Ruskin Group Theater in Santa Monica.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Eric Stromer,  and her 3 children.

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Concerts/Tours/Events
Disney Jr. Holiday Party
Director
D Junior Live LLC.
AGT Live 2019
Director
Disney "Dance Upon a Dream" Live
Director
Aerosmtih "Deuces Are Wild" Residency Show
Creative Director
Park MGM/Las Vegas
Wuxi
Director
Dragone
James Taylor Las Vegas Residency
Director
Caesars Palace
Coco Live
Writer/Co-Director
The Hollywood Bowl
Paula Abdul Live 2018
Creative Consultant
Disney Jr. Holiday Party
Writer
AGT Live 2018
Director
Disney Jr. Dance Party Live
Director/Creative Director/Writer
Disney
Frozen
Creative Director
Disney
Power Rangers Live Show
Creative Director
America's Got Talent Live 2016
Director
Good Game Live Inc
James Taylor Tour
Director
Dancing With The Stars 2016 Tour
Director
Faculty Productions
Bristol Speedway w/ Steven Tyler
Creative Director
D23 Expo: Legends
Creative Director
Disney
Disney/Buena Vista Concerts
Creative Consultant
Disney (Multiple Shows)
Dancing With The Stars 2014/2015 Tour
Director
ABC
America's Got Talent Live 2015
Director
NBC/Freemantle Media
Dubai Royal Wedding
Creative Director
Matthew Morrison "Where It All Began"
Director/Writer/Production Design
PBS
Matthew Morrison in Concert / Pittsburgh Symphony
Creative Director
Matthew Morrison 2011 Promo Tour
Director
Dancing With The Stars Live
Director
The Tropicana/Las Vegas
Paulina Rubio
Director
Martina BcBride "Shine All Night" Tour
Creative Director
Sharon's Rose Inc.
Clay Aiken/Ruben Studdard "Timeless" Tour
Director
Strategic Artist Management
Ar Rahman Jai Ho Concert: "The Journey Home" Tour
Creative Director
Yanni "Voices"
Director
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus 2010 "Barnum's Funundrum"
Director
Feld Entertainment
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus 2008 Season
Creative Director
Feld Entertainment
The Cheetah Girls 2008 Tour
Director
Buena Vista Music Group
Benise: Nights of Fire 2006 Tour
Director
Rosenegra Productions
Clay Aiken 2005 Tour
Director/Choreographer
Strategic Artist Management
Sir Paul McCartney 2002 "Driving Rain" World Tour
Co-Director and Choreographer
Sir Paul McCartney "Back in the USA" Tour
Director/Choreographer
Sir Paul McCartney 2010 at The Apollo
Staging/Choreography
The Dixie Chicks "Top of the World" Tour
Choreographer
Plus One "Obvious" Tour
Director
Britney Spears "A Dream Within A Dream" Tour
Video Director
Backstreet Boys "Black & Blue" Tour
Co-Director
Mariah Carey "Rainbow" World Tour
Co-Director
Kevon Edmunds
Choreographer
Edmunds Ent. / RCA Records
Earth, Wind, & Fire 1996-98 World Tours
Director/Choreographer
Madonna "The Girlie Show" World Tour / "Erotica" / "Vogue"
Assoc. Choreographer
Leiber & Stoller Cabaret Showcase
Choreographer
Jon Secada "Heart, Soul & A Voice" U.S. / South American Tour
Choreographer
Motley Crue 1995 Tour
Choreographer
Television
IL VOLO Live from Pompeii
Director
PBS Special
Dancing With The Stars Macy's Stars of Dance w/ Paula Abdul
Creative Director
ABC
MTV Video Music Awards w/ Melanie Amaro
Creative Director
Ellen Degeneres Show w/ Melanie Amaro
Creative Director
Perez Hilton w/ Melanie Amaro
Creative Director
Benise/PBS Special
Director
PBS Special/McGhee Entertainment
Farah Fawcett Playboy Documentary
Choreographer
Prod. Amy Heckerling
Awards Shows
2020 Grammy Awards w/Aerosmith
Creative Director
CBS
1999 Country Music Awards w/ Dixie Chicks/Opening Sequence "Ready To Run"
Creative Director
CBS
1995 BRIT Awards w/ Madonna "Bedtime Stories"
Choreographer
BBC
2018 VMA Awards w/ Aerosmith
Creative Director
MTV
Commercials
Vibe TV "Bumpers"
Choreographer
Columbia Tri-Str
Reebok "Versa Training Workout Series"
Director
Toy Feet Productions
Starter
Director
Toy Feet Productions
Microsoft
Director
Campos Creative
Roland
Director
Campos Creative
Mattel
Director
Campos Creative
Clarion
Director
Campos Creative
Boks
Choreographer
Toy Feet Productions
IBM
Choreographer
Pytka
Pepsi "Bears"
Choreographer
Pytka
Kelloggs
Choreographer
Moxie Pictures
Cap Toys
Choreographer
Andy Gellerani Productions
Music Videos
The Real McCoy "Come and Get Your Love"
Choreographer
Dir. Wayne Isham
Albita "Que Manera"
Choreographer
A&R Group
Stacy Earl "Romeo & Juliet"
Choreographer
The End Prods.
David Cassidy "No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross"
Choreographer
I.E. Films
Universal "Rock Me Good"
Choreographer
London Records
Dumazz "Manyaka"
Choreographer
Narada Records
Eric Stromer "Bring It Home"
Choreographer
Wavecrest Pro.
Babyface "The Cool In You"
Co-Choreographer
John Secada
Whipped
Dir. Wayne Isham
Aerosmith "Crazy"
Choreographer
Cream Cheez Prods.
Cameo "Emotional Violence"
Choreographer
Red Car
Teaching
Lucy Hale
Artist Development/Coaching
Hollywood Records
Corporate
Intel Industrial
Artistic Director/Choreographer
Campos Creative
Sebastian International 2005 Industrial
Director/Choreographer
Kodak Theatre
Sebastian International 2000-2002 Industrial
Director/Choreographer
Miscellaneous
Director of award-winning short film, The Acting Thing, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on Showtime
Gold Medal Winner of the WORLDFEST HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Best Comedy Short
Invited to BRITISH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Atlanta, Denver, Portland Festivals

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