Education and Audience outreach Intern
I am working with a New Jersey Regional Theater called Premiere Stages at Kean University as their Education Intern. Due to the virus, all of our camps are virtual, but working with the 'TheatreMakers' and 'Actor Studio' kids have been a blessing to see that creativity and collaboration are FLOURISHING in young artists.
Virtual Babysitter Club
WELCOME to the team! I am booked and blessed to be virtually teaching dance for VBC, a new company full of out of work performers and artists like myself. We are a company of 'Performers From Broadway & Beyond' who keep kids virtually engaged while parents work from home. I get to teach groups and one on one dance classes which involve creative moment and tons of dance games.
The show must go on
Well....this is the month of the big shutdown due to the corona-virus the moment Actors Connection and gave us 'something to believe in': Daily free Zoom webinars and workshops! With Theaters shutting down and the hope of performing at a low, it was so great to be able to connect with so many casting directors and big industry professionals.
I am grateful to be celebrating a year working with such an amazing Dance Studio teaching their Triple Threat Program to kids ages 3-11. I am surrounded by such an incredible and supportive staff who have graced both Broadway and Regional stages all over the country. Not only do I get to teach, but I had a surprise opening night moment during the Company Kids performance of Cats when I went on as 'mamma cat' to help guide the youth ensemble kittens.
Front and Center
Such a fun shoot being a background ballerina for the short film 'Radio Caesium" by Joshua McQuilkin filmed in NYC. Dancing with such talented ballerinas from all over the NYC and NJ area.
Gas Lamp Players
It was a thrill to be a featured ensemble member in Mamma Mia with Gas Lamp players in north Jersey. I was honored to be given the opportunity to be the dance captain and help cast members shine! I am constantly branching out to different parts of New Jersey and have enjoyed performing with each company.
So excited to play the role of Annelle in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Joining a talented group of women to share this story of women empowering women.
Annelle is the new girl in town, with a southern background and a complicated backstory.
Come join us Thursday, November 14th at 7 pm at The Women's Club of Glen Ridge.
New Beauty Product
I had such a fun time shooting an infomercial for a new French product. Showing how to use the product, testimonials and a "talk show' environment. Excited to share it when it comes out!
The Producers Club Performance
I will be performing at the Producers Club in Manhattan in "What if?". A combination of 4 short plays that relate to what can happen in different relationships.
I will be playing Donna in the play "What if I were like her?", a yoga-going, slightly self-obsessed, dumb girl who is trying to forget her past.
Come join our yoga class for a good laugh.
I took an all-day intensive with Rebecca Yersin focusing on Commercial casting and Acting. We dove into different types of commercial auditions and how to make each copy show your personality.
From the business to on-camera techniques, Rebecca took a personal approach and I had a blast learning at the workshop.
In Real Life
A Stage Reading at Jersey City Theater Center
It was a blast to reconnect with former teachers and directors from my University and classmates for a staged reading for a new play called "In Real Life" by Stacie Lents. It is a new tragicomedy about two high school students who live in the future, post-Trump world, where the world is now completely virtual. The audience goes on a journey of their "rebellion against cyber reality and their attempt to connect in an actual world they have never known."
A stage reading at La Strada Theater
I was part of a staged reading of this new play by Gary C. Walter at La Strada Ensemble Theater. I played nurse Lieutenant Diane Dell. in the Vietnam War who was trying to help 2 gay soldiers take care of a baby that got put into their possession.
The Cat in the Hat
National Tour 2018
with Two Beans Production
Amanda is beyond thrilled to be on tour as a THING 2 in Cat in The Hat.
"Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with." Catch her on tour from January until June. Follow her on Instagram for her journey.
A Christmas Carol
Cranford Dramatic Club
Amanda is excited to announce that she will play the part of Sally Anderson in Cranford's production of Alen Menken's "A Christmas Carol" this December. She will also be in the ensemble dancing and tapping her heart away. This version of A Christmas Carol was first performed at Madison Square Garden and ran successfully from 1994-2003! She cannot wait to take on this high -energy spectacular. There will be 6 performances in December, more details of times and ticket sales to come!
"Shipload of Shakespeare"
The players will be presenting a weekend with two performances of selected Shakespeare scenes, titled “A Shipload of Shakespeare”, at Union Congregational Church, Friday/Saturday evenings, November 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm. Amanda will be Helena from A Midsummers Night Dream, and in a few other scenes throughout the night.
New Jersey Fringe Festival
Breaking Through the Box Production of Faith in Shakels
Amanda will be in a performance that takes place "In a world of religious radicalism and terrorism, a young lawyer, Sofia, is pushed to her limits with her new case: defend nine historical women who have each had a special relationship with God. Through discovering the truth of these women’s stories, Sofia combats her own biases and fears against religion and learns the true meaning of having faith.” She is St.Agnus of Rome the Virgin, who with her spiteful and stuck up attitude, helps Sophia understand we are all struggling in the same manner she feels she is today.
New Jersey Young Playwritghts Festival
Writers Theater of NJ
Amanda attended a workshop about the business of theater. The panelists talked about their experiences as theatre professionals, focusing on the strategies they used to succeed and giving vital advice to anyone trying to make a career in theatre. The discussion hit on important topics, like how to get your foot in the door, developing an effective audition strategy, building and maintaining relationships within the industry, and more. The panelist consisted of Erin Mallon, Brittany Goodwin, Shabazz Green, Jim DeVivo, and Walter Rodriguez.
Writers Theater of New Jersey
Buisness of Theater: Workshop
Amanda attended a workshop about the business of theater. The panelists talked about their experiences as theatre professionals, focusing on the strategies they used to succeed and giving vital advice to anyone trying to make a career of theatre. The discussion hit on important topics, like how to get your foot in the door, developing an effective audition strategy, building and maintaining relationships within the industry, and more. The panelist consisted of Erin Mallon, Brittany Goodwin, Shabazz Green, Jim DeVivo and Walter Rodriguez.
Open Arts Stages, Borden town NJ
Amanda will be playing the parts of Ginette, Sandrine, and Hope in Breaking Through the Box production of Almost Maine by John Cariani. Almost Maine is a play that comprises nine short stories that explore the love and loss in the mythical town of Almost. Click "Learn More" to read an article written by Broadway World.
Writers Theater of NJ
Actor and Reader
Amanda was a guest in many Elementary schools in Madison NJ, during a playwrights after-school program supported by Writers Theater of New Jersey, under the work of Walter Rodriguez. She enjoyed her time reading the new plays that the students had written, as it was the first time the students heard their work aloud.
Performing Arts Coordinator
Somerset Hills YMCA
Amanda is the new Performing Arts Coordinator for the Somerset Hills YMCA summer program. She will be organizing different specialized camps, like Behind the Scenes, Fashion Camp and Performing Arts summer camps to work together to put on four different shows. She is the choreographer and director for some acting scenes for children to incorporate into the shows to achieve a final performance for families, friends, and other camps.
"Inferno" at The Flea Theater in NYC
Breaking Through the Box
Amanda is making her New York debut in Inferno by Justin Giachetti with the Breaking Through The Box theater company. Inferno is a new take on the Seven Deadly Sins. It follows the story of seven people who mysteriously find themselves trapped in a never-ending hallway together. Amanda is a Lost Soul and represents different family members and friends of those trapped in the hall through flashbacks.
Amanda has become a new dance teacher at Rockstar! Studio. Currently, she is teaching private lessons and group classes to advance skills, vocabulary, and confidence to her students. She works with kids ages 8 and up. Look out for her new list of summer classes coming soon!
Reality by Lia Romeo
Fairleigh Dickinson University Black Box Theater
Amanda is the lead in Lia Romeo's play Reality directed by Alberto Bonilla at FDU. The play is about characters Annie and Matt who met on “Looking for Love,” a popular reality dating show. But now that the cameras have stopped rolling, their fairy tale is looking a lot less perfect than it seemed. Add into the mix producer Josh, who will do anything for ratings, and the show runner-up, Krisandra, an aspiring actress who’s desperate to make her mark in Hollywood. Will there be a happy ending, or a huge scandal? In our modern society, where everything from breasts to feelings are likely to be fake, playwright Lia Romeo explores what “reality” really means.