Amanda was born and raised in Indiana and demonstrated an early love of theatre and music, spending her early years monosyllabically singing her parents awake from her crib and creating one-person musical extravaganzas on the front porch. She made her theatrical debut as Gretl, the youngest Von Trapp child in The Sound of Music. She continued to pursue musical theatre over the next decade and, as a young adult, played principle roles in The Fantasticks, The Sound of Music, and Anything Goes.
She studied with Howard Jensen at Indiana University Bloomington, where she discovered a passion for Shakespeare, Chekhov, and modern classical works. After college, Amanda worked regionally in both Indiana and Atlanta, eventually traveling to Boston to study with the Moscow Art Theatre School. Here, she had the honor of performing the role of Charlotta Ivanovna in The Cherry Orchard under the direction of master teacher Mikhail Lobanov.
Based in New York since 2009, Amanda has worked Off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre Company, as well as with several OOB companies in the metropolitan area, and regionally with the Southwest Shakespeare Company in Phoenix. Recently, she returned to her musical roots, playing Florence in a new adaptation of Chess, directed by Keith Levenson.
Amanda loves yoga, cooking, visual art, running, wine, science fiction, and reading mystery novels. For some indiscernible reason, she has a serious aversion to being touched by live fish. A language nut, Amanda is a French-English translator who has also studied Russian and Italian. She once won third place in an ice-skating competition, and was really happy about it, even though there were only four participants. She prefers process to product and red wine to white, though in each case appreciates both. She values inquiry over judgment. She is deeply grateful for friends, family, and opportunity. She believes that theatre offers us opportunities to make brave and compassionate explorations into the most complicated and beautiful parts of ourselves. Despite being unmistakably type-A, she believes there can be grace in chaos.
Amanda is a member of Actors' Equity Association.