Some fun facts:

I grew up in suburban Connecticut with a mom from West Kirby, England and a dad from St. Louis.

I spent my Junior Year Abroad in Southern India, researching arranged and love marriage and learned to play the vina. I can still speak a little Tamil.

My family won the top award at our town’s pet parade one year. Our three guinea pigs (carried in houses of straw, sticks and bricks) and our golden retriever, Hector (wearing a sheepskin rug), wowed the judges with their homage to the Three Little Pigs.

My one bedroom East Village apartment that I shared with an indie filmmaker is described in great detail in the book Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time.

I’ve written a bunch of comedic plays including: Internet Speed, a short play about an ill fated Internet start-up that tanks by the last page, (a Finalist for the Heidelman Award for Actors Theater Louisville). Mail and Shemail, a play set in cyberspace which explores why important flirty emails don’t always make it to the intended recipient, and Chorus Girls, a rhyming play (with a nod to Dr. Seuss) that depicts a co-dependent Greek chorus living in tony Wellesley, MA.

amanda_natashajumping_for_photoscape_copy1I met my husband while collaborating on a multi-media show called Live Hostage Crisis!. We played feuding siblings. One of the highlights of the show was the Emergency Broadcast System Fight Song.

The lyrics:
Wherever you go, EBS is there
Wherever you sit, EBS will care!
Flying out, our signal cuts the air!
We can see the trouble coming, don’t despair.

If you think there’s something you can’t know,
If you fear a hurricane will blow,
In no time, our colored pattern glows!
Don’t be mad if we interrupt your favorite show!

My favorite stage role to date is Lois Lane in The Superheroine Monologues. I got to speak in a 50’s patter and said things like “Mother always said “Be smart, but not a smartie. Remember – reference books NEVER get checked out.”” (See below for a picture of the Daily Planet Staff observing a catastrophe that requires Superman.)

I am fascinated by personality systems, Myers Briggs, Enneagram, you name it. ENFPs unite!

Our GPS is essential for my survival on the road. That sense of direction wiring is completely absent from my brain.

I am a devoted auntie, a Sherlock Holmes fan, a word whomp addict and I collect hats.

Reading The Zone by Dr. Sears changed my life.

I very much miss Flight of the Conchords and I am thrilled that Arrested Development is now Netflixable.

I’m improving at Zumba and I like playing pranks on my husband, who is thankfully a really good sport.

I am in the midst of writing a feature film with my husband and friend/DP Brad.