Amanda is a New York based director, producer, stage manager, event coordinator, and theatre arts administrator.  She has a strong background in new play development and in recent years has been working in musical theatre development as well.  She founded and was the Artistic Director of Wizard Oil Productions for five years, a company whose focus was on producing work dealing with social issues.  She was also the General Manager of Abingdon Theatre Company for two years.  She has worked for various organizations in NYC including New Dramatists, Materials for the Arts, and the Indo-American Arts Council. She was on the Lark Play Development Company's Literary Wing, has been a reader for the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, and has been an evaluator for the Stage Directors and Choreographers' Observership Program.  Awarded an SDC Observership in 2014, she worked with Marcia Milgrom Dodge on Fiddler on the Roof at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Florida.  Marcia subsequently nominated her for a National Directors Fellowship in 2015.   She was also nominated for an SDC Mike Ockrent Directing Fellowship by Tony Walton in 2010.  In 2016, she was the Line Producer for New Georges' production of A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson, which won an OBIE Award for Outstanding Collaboration, and as Artistic Director/Producer for Wizard Oil, she worked closely with Adam Kraar in developing his play, Empire of the Trees which earned an Innovated Theatre Award Nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Original Script.  

 

Highlights from Amanda's directing include:  The Violin-Maker by Steven Dickman and Patricia Noonan (Guild Hall, East Hampton); Inch by Inch by Rachel Graf Evans (Theatre for a New City at Producers' Club); Craig McNulty’s Welcome Home Steve (Players Club) (Critics' Pick);  Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest (14th Street Y); Michelle Markowitz’s Hookups & Hang-ups (Abingdon Theatre Company); Jay Hanagan’s Softly Sara Falls (Lookinglass Theatre).  She has directed and assisted for multiple festivals as well, including the 24-Hour Broadway Musicals, Abingdon's Benefit Challenge Series, Pop-Up Playhouse (a children's theatre program she helped launch), and Wizard Oil Productions' Lights Up!: An Evening of Plays by New Dramatists.   As an Associate and Assistant Director, Amanda continues to work closely with Tony Walton and Don Stephenson on a myriad of plays and musicals. With Tony: Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 (starring Blythe Danner and Simon Jones) (Guild Hall, East Hampton), Sir Peter Shaffer’s Equus and The Gift of the Gorgon (both starring Alec Baldwin) (Guild Hall, East Hampton), and Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose (John Jay Theatre, NYC).  With Don:  Frank Loesser's Guys & Dolls,  The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, The Will Rogers Follies (Goodspeed, CT); The Attack of the Elvis Impersonators (Theatre Row); The Producers (Paper Mill Playhouse).  In addition, she was Jenn Thompson's Assistant on Bye Bye Birdie and on Oklahoma! (Goodspeed, CT) and Wendy McClellen for Sarah Hammond’s Green Girl (The Public Theatre).  

Amanda began producing in 2005 when she founded Wizard Oil Productions.  Credits include: Adam Kraar's Empire of the Trees (directed by Sherri Eden Barber), Le Grand Fromage.  As General Manager of Abingdon:  Robert Brustein's The Last Will (directed by Austin Pendleton) (Wuzhen International Theatre Festival, China); Jan Buttram's Lost on the Natchez Trace, John Morigello's Blame It On Beckett, Frank Tangredi's Lifeline, Elizabeth Karlin's Bodega Bay (directed by Sturgis Warner). Amanda has also been the Line Producer for New Georges:  Kate Benson's A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (directed by Lee Sunday Evans) (MTC II, City Center), and Ari Stess's Heartbreak (Bushwick Star). 

 

In addition to her theatre work, Amanda produces Galas and Annual Events for large non-profit organizations, including A.R.T. NY and The Door. 

Amanda's freelance stage managing includes working for the Lark, Guild Hall, The Park Performing Arts Center, NY Fringe Festival, Desipina, and for comedian Hasan Minhaj.

She is an Associate Member of SDC and a member of the Actors' Equity Association.

 

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