Amy Werba holds a Master of Arts degree in Film and Theatre from New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, and a D.E.A./pre-doctorate in Psychology from Sorbonne University in Paris. Her training as an actress/director was with Lee Strasberg and Shelley Winters (on scholarship) at the Actors Studio in New York, and Sandra Seacat.
As an actress, Amy Werba has appeared in over 22 international motion pictures, working with an array of directors such as Herbert Ross, Claude Chabrol, and Liliana Cavani, as well as actors such as Peter Ustinov, Mickey O'Rourke, Helena Bonham-Carter, Shelley Winters, Ben Gazzara, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
She began her career as an assistant director working for several notable directors including Vincent Minnelli (Nina with Ingrid Bergman and Liza Minnelli), Pan Cosmatos (Cassandra Crossing with Burt Lancaster and Sophia Loren), and Luigi Comencini (La Donna della Dominica with Jacqueline Bisset and Marcello Mastroianni).
In 1995, Amy Werba created the Bilingual Acting Workshop (BAW) in Paris. In addition to her role as BAW's Artistic Director, she continues her career in Paris as an actress and director.
Amy Werba co-wrote the film Eva's Dreams in 1995 (presented at the Venice Film Festival). She recently produced and directed Rebecca Gilman's Glory of Living.
For five years, she's been a drama professor at the American University of Paris (AUP); she collaborated with New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Summer Acting Program in Paris, and is currently coaching lead performers at the Lido in Paris and Cirque du Soleil. Additionally she works as a private coach for films, castings, and auditions.
In 2008 she founded The Living Theatre Conservatory with Judith Malina, and founded and began producing the MasterLab series.
"Amy, you are the most inspiring acting coach and person, I have ever met. You shaped me into a dedicated acting coach and director. I will forever be in your debt in my heart. Actors are incredibly lucky to train with you, I hope they realize that in New York."
Sophie Ann Rooney (Actress/Director/Artistic Director)
"Working with Amy Werba has been a revealing,encouraging and wonderful experience. She guided me carefully and gently through emotional and spiritual processes,which I had never dreamt of encountering as an actress.An amazing teacher and human being." -- Sabine Hettlich (lead performer - Lido Paris)