Amy Ressler, Ph.D.

Millie Albin Excellence in Teaching Award, 2022-23
Theater Department

Play touches and stimulates vitality, awakening the whole person - mind, body, intelligence and creativity. - Viola Spolin

Courage, Creativity and Compassion are the guideposts for Dr. Ressler’s work as a specialist in drama for learning. She joined the theatre faculty at CSU Bakersfield in 2018 after 25 years in professional and educational theatre. She guides students to grow in improvisational mindset, developing flexibility, awareness, empathy and listening skills, while using drama methods to achieve their teaching objectives. She directs CSU Bakersfield’s annual theatre production for young audiences, which tours to schools throughout the Bakersfield area.    
Dr. Ressler hones her creativity skills by working with youth each summer in a major world-building immersive drama camp, where she portrays the role of Professor Bumblebone, headmistress of the Frogwarts School of Wizardry. The camp program is in its 20th year.  ​