Amanda grew up at Christ Church of Oak Brook outside of Chicago and began her early work in theater in the area. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Azusa Pacific University in southern California, and has studied with the New York Drama Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, Upright Citizens Brigade, the Groundlings, the Elephant Theater, Lesley Kahn & Co. and other studios.
Amanda is spending time this summer away from Hollywood studying with Chicago’s own The Second City. In case you are not familiar with what that is, many alums of The Second City have made their careers on Saturday Night Live. She is just one step away from the major leagues, where not many Christians have been before.
In addition to this great honor in the world of improv comedy, she has also been accepted into the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Advanced Program. Since most of us would not be familiar with what this is, and to give you a sense that this is also a very big deal, we read from their website:
The Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisational and Sketch Comedy Training Center is the only accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. Our highly trained faculty represents the best writers and performers working in comedy today. Over the last 15 years, the Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh) have developed a unique unified curriculum that is constantly updated and improved by the best improvisers in the world.