Singing Actress & Arts Educator in Chicago, Illinois
Prior to performing Off-Broadway, Amy toured nationally with THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (First Broadway National) and internationally with TWICE CHARMED (Fairy Godmother) for the Walt Disney Company. She made her small screen debut as epileptic First Lady Ida McKinley in MURDER AT THE FAIR, and has appeared in many industrials and a few commercials (perhaps most famously touting Empire Carpets).
An Illinois native, she won a Jeff award (Outstanding Lead Actress/Musical) for her portrayal of Lucille Frank in PARADE. Other fave credits include Amalia in SHE LOVES ME, Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES, Christine in PHANTOM and the title role in EVITA. She appears regularly in concert and cabaret engagements and can be heard on a handful of new musical recordings.
With a Masters in Elementary Education (endorsed in Middle School, Language Arts & Theatre Arts) and a B.F.A. in Music & Theatre, Amy has also served as an academic teacher for many area schools, including Brookdale Elementary (K-5), DaVinci School (gifted 6-8), and Children's Creative Corner (Pre-K), as well as east coast programs such as EBL Coaching and NYC's famed LeaP program (which integrates arts into standard curriculum.)
Passionate about arts education, she has worked extensively as Master Teaching Artist for a variety of companies, including Lifeline Theatre Outreach (literacy/readers theatre), Ms. Clara's Mini Musicians (early childhood music), The Music and Dance Suite (private voice teacher), and Spotlight Youth Theatre (performing arts teacher/Vocal Director for productions).
As linear as she is creative, Amy is equally at home in administrative roles, acting as a jill-of-all-trades in executive assistance, outreach coordination, customer experience management and social media management, with an keen eye for design. She offers astute attention to detail, exemplary organizational skill, technological savvy, and an engaging demeanor that earns her great rapport with many personalities, providing excellence with creativity, responsibility and emotional intelligence.
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"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." - Arthur O'Shaughnessy