“‘How does the way we speak affect and reflect who we are?’ That question guides my approach to speech and dialect work. I’m interested in how the actor uses accent work to support and stimulate the broader process of creating a character. In addition to technique, we address the practical challenges of auditioning, rehearsing, and performing in an accent or heightened language. The environment is warm, inquisitive, and fun.”
New York credits include: Broadway: EQUUS. Off-Broadway: PERICLES (Public Theater, Actors Equity Bayfield Award for outstanding performance in Shakespeare), LUCK OF THE IRISH (Lincoln Center, Lucille Lortel nomination), THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE (Playwrights Horizons, world premiere), COCK (US premiere), THE SEAGULL (Culture Project, dir. Max Stafford-Clark), THE ILLUSION (Signature, dir. Michael Mayer), A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY (Soho Rep, world premiere), GALILEO opposite F. Murray Abraham (CSC), HAPPY HOUR (Atlantic, world premiere by Ethan Coen), THE WITCH OF EDMONTON (Red Bull), and three plays at Irish Rep, most recently THE WEIR. Regional: ENGAGEMENTS (Barrington Stage, world premiere), TIME AND THE CONWAYS (Old Globe), Vivie in MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (Shakespeare Theatre), Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT (Folger), Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Film/ TV:I’M DYING UP HERE (Showtime), MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime), ENGLISH (also writer/director), NON-STOP, BLUE BLOODS, LAW & ORDER: SVU. Raised in Greenwich Village, Amanda began her acting training at HB at age 16 with Edward Morehouse. She received her BA in English from Vassar College.
Listen to WNYC’s interview with Amanda on acting in accents here.