Amanda fell in love with the stage in preschool, when she was given the solo for "O Come Little Children" in the Christmas concert.
A love of performing and a lust for travel took her to American University, where she majored in theatre, and studied in both England - at the British American Dramatic Academy under John Barton, Jane Lapotaire and Katie Mitchell - and Spain, where she studied Mediterranean politics and went camping in the Sahara Desert. After graduating she stayed in Washington DC working with many companies including the Shakespeare Theatre Company in The Dog in the Manger, directed by Jonathan Munby, and several plays at Rorschach Theatre including Randy Baker's Dream Sailors, and Jose Rivera's Brainpeople. Her wanderlust took her to Paris, where she apprenticed under Pascal Laurent and his Friches Theatre Urbain, a street theatre company, performing in their immersive show, L'Esprit des Rails.
After moving to New York, Amanda worked almost exclusively in classical theatre with roles like Isabella and Pompey in several productions of Measure for Measure, and Ann in GB Shaw's Man and Superman. More regional theatre work led to roles in Hamlet, The Winter's Tale, and Dracula. She also cut voiceovers for both HowCast, an internet how-to video database, and Graphic Audio, a company that turns beloved comics into books-on-tape.
She relocated to London for her MA in Text and Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, studying under Paul Sirett, Tom Huntsinger, Adrienne Thomas, and Aoife Monks. She performed in the immediate hit immersive theatre experience You Me Bum Bum Train, and backpacked through both the Balkans and the Baltics.
Since returning to New York, she made her Off-Broadway debut at The Pearl Theatre Company, understudying in both Don Juan and A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by acclaimed classical director Eric Tucker. She's worked with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's spring educational show twice, once in an all-female Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Jason O'Connell, and again in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Waterwell's Tom Ridgely. And when she's not doing classical theatre, she's performing in site-specific shows with This Is Not A Theatre Company, directed by Erin Mee, coming to a public pool, or cafe, or art gallery near you.
Amanda's dream roles include Shakespeare's Viola, Portia, Mad Queen Margaret, and Lady M. She would love to play Kayleen in Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, Kali in Bryony Lavery's Stockholm, and any Bennett or Bingley sister in Pride and Prejudice. Of course, should Netflix be making another intersectional feminist show (female pirates, Netflix, female pirates!), Amanda would be down for that. We are living in a golden age for episodic storytelling after all.
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