Amada is an active performer and can be seen in various shows all over NYC.
“Amada, My wife and I have just seen “Crimes of the heart” in Rockaway and we both enjoyed your work. In fact without a doubt you were the best actor on that stage. (Not to say that the others were not good, you were just by far the better actor.) Truthfully, we did not really like the play itself so much, but the talent was wonderful. Welcome to NYC and the best of luck. We hope to see you again in other productions.”
“Rothkin’s dialogue is witty and real, never revealing too much, even when underlying tensions inevitably explode, and the entire ensemble manages to make it their own. James Kaliardos is particularly memorable as the fabulously resilient Marco, as well as Amada Anderson as the perfectionist Darcie, and Jason Barker as the haunted and estranged John.”
About Amada Anderson:
In 1995, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat came through West Palm Beach looking for choirs to perform with their national touring company at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. One of those choirs at the auditions was a select group of students from Bear Lakes Middle School. The musical director, Mr. Sean Berry, was able to call them the “Dream Choir” after being selected to perform. Amada was one of those students.
Ever since that show, she went on to study drama at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School under the direction of Mrs. Patricia Bates who ran the drama department and Dr. Glen Arfsten who ran the chorus department. While she was there, she participated in various High School District X Drama Competitions. Those competitions let Amada get first-hand experience in directing scenes, singing solos, duets, and ensemble musical theatre pieces. She went on to win several awards in the Superior and Excellent categories and also became actively involved in the drama department’s Children’s Theatre Program.
The Choral Activities, like the annual Disney Candlelight Processional a retelling of the Christmas story with a celebrity narrator and a 50-piece orchestra were some of the events that led her to keep singing. She also annually would compete to perform with the All-State Choir which is a select group of music students who auditioned and went on to workshop and sing in Tampa with other talented choir members from all parts of the state.
Amada’s senior year was filled with various activities she was a nominee for the Pathfinder Award. She received the Chorus Member of the Year Award as well as the Thespian of the Year Award. A performance with a show called Teen Cabaret which is exactly as it sounds a teen cabaret of various teenagers having to audition and then perform their pieces in the outdoor amphitheatre got her written about in the Kravis Center’s monthly magazine called Ovations.
After graduating from high school, Amada continued her education at Palm Beach Community College letting her showcase her talent in the Theatre Department’s productions as well as the Jazz show choir called Troubadours. Also while she was attending Palm Beach Community College she participated in other various competitions winning first place for musical theatre in Palm Beach County and Florida. She also was nominated for Irene Ryan scholarships for her role as Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and her ensemble role in a student-written production called Colorblind. Participating in the jazz vocal ensemble also let her travel to New York and Los Angeles to be at the annual International Association of Jazz Educators Conference.
Amada auditioned at the Lake Worth Playhouse and was selected to perform in the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown which performed at the Lake Worth Playhouse and the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, England.
All of this led Amada to continue her studies at the University Of Miami. As she worked on receiving her Bachelor’s she was in multiple theatre productions as well as participated in many choir concerts and performances.
After graduating from the University of Miami with her Bachelor’s in Music and a double major in Theatre she worked for Boogie Man George Entertainment as an office manager and karaoke host. She has donated her karaoke equipment from time to time for various fundraisers and just happens to hold the title of “Karaoke Queen of Florida.”
Finally in February of 2008 she made the big move to the Big Apple/NYC and only after a month found full-time employment. But she immediately began working backstage for various theatre companies which include working as an Assistant Director/Website Designer for Bubby’s Shadow (White Rabbit Theatre & Mo Pula Productions), Assistant Stage Manager for The Marathon ’08 (Ensemble Studio Theatre), and Stage Manager for The Painter as well as Torrents (Barracuda Theatre Club).
She recently made her Off-Broadway debut at the Bleecker Street Theatre where she was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her role as Darcie in Danny, which was a part of Planet Connections Festivity, New York’s premier eco-friendly theatre festival. She continues to build her acting and singing credits in various productions throughout New York.
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