With many many thanks to Kevin Andrew Rivera for cutting together my reel, and my lovely friend Mikala Francini for making the introduction - I finally have a professionally produced actor reel! Please check out the finished product below - as time goes on and I obtain more footage, we'll continue to grow and update the final set. Enjoy!
UPDATE: If you are new to Audible, you can now sign up for a free trial AND get the the Whispers from the Cove audiobook for free by signing up at this link: https://www.audible.com/t2/title?asin=B07B3GFRYP
I also have a limited number of free book codes available for reviewers, industry pros, agents, friends, and family members who are already members of Audible. Feel free to reach out via email to inquire about a free code!
I am so excited to reveal that the audiobook for Whispers from the Cove is finally available at Amazon and Audible! (You can always sign up for a free 30 day trial of Audible on Amazon's website)
This has been a major undertaking to record, starting all the way back in October of 2017.
11+ hours of audio later..... not to mention some rapid-fire self-education on sound editing, making goofy mistakes requiring rerecords of several chapters (always save your raw audio & back it up in .wav), and the typical trials of recording at home where I can only do so much to dampen the sound of noisy neighbors, airplanes overhead, and street noise... we've got ourselves a full length professional audiobook!
I'm really proud of this and if you choose to download and give it a listen I hope you enjoy it. Jeanne is a wonderful writer and I found the book so engaging and heartfelt. There are two more books in the series, and if all goes well, who knows, maybe I'll end up narrating those too!
I'd best categorize this book as historical fiction drama/romance and it takes place at the end of the civil war in rural Tennessee.
Many thanks to my husband for being patient while I recorded in our apartment!!
Fall is quickly getting colder and the days getting shorter (yuck) but I still have to find ways to get out of my apartment! Recording the audiobook for Whispers from the Cove has kept me pretty busy, but I have picked up two quick little projects.
The first happens Friday 11/3, with Circulations: Honoring Cultural Stewardship, an event for Chicago Parks to celebrate the Re:Center Process that Fury is a part of through Art Happenings at Indian Boundary Park. This is from 6-8pm. We'll presenting the Pyramus and Thisby play within a play from A Midsummer Night's Dream, where I'll be playing Peter Quince aka the prologue.
The next event is This by Caridad Svich, Directed by Iris Sowlat, presented at Climate Change Theatre Action: A Curated Conversation, hosted by the Pride Arts Center. I'll be appearing as the character "D" This is a multi-disciplinary international event with artists from across the world takes place November 14-16, 2017, 6:30pm at The Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago
Performances are pay what you can, and will have general admission and re-seating all evening.
Featuring virtual reality, dance, puppetry, live performances, and a call to activism.
Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented biennially in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP meetings). I met our director Iris through work with Fury Theatre and am excited to work with her as a director after seeing some of her incredible work.
I've cooled off on auditions for the time-being as I focus on other parts of my life, but will get back to pounding the pavement soon! In the meantime, I'll be working on my audio projects and working with Fury Theatre.
I am excited to announce that I have been contracted to produce the full length audiobook for the new historical fiction novel, Whispers from the Cove (Smoky Mountain Secrets Saga, Book 1) by Jeanne Hardt! The book is already available on Amazon, and once the audiobook is complete (in time for the holiday season!) it will also be available on Audible. I'm excited to help tell this story and bring it to life for audiobook listeners everywhere.
Look for updates once the book is complete!
Here's a quick synopsis:
Lily Larsen has never been afraid of anything, yet the effects of the war are wearing her down.
You'll see these details updated in my Voiceover and Current Projects pages as well. However, it's time for me to unplug, as my husband and I (finally) head off on our 10 day honeymoon cruise! See you in mid-October!
Act quick to catch Amanda is this one weekend only short play festival, at the Skokie Theatre with MadKap Productions. She'll be appearing as "Visitor" in the Visiting Hours by Mikala Francini, and directed by Raphael Schwartzman. The play centers around several prison encounters between a woman and the man who murdered her husband. Amanda's co-star playing "Prisoner" will be Jordy Williams, who played Mordrake in last summer's The Curse on Mordrake House which Raphael also directed and Amanda also appeared in.
MadKap Productions presents its 3rd Annual Short Play Festival which features plays produced by Chicago-area theatre artists. There's a $100 prize for the "Best of Fest" as decided by YOU, the audience, so come on out and vote!
Amanda Winston - Visitor
Jordy Williams - Prisoner
Saturday August 26th at 7:30pm
Sunday August 27th at 2:00pm
Skokie Theatre - 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie IL
Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased on this website or at the door.
I've been slow on the update - but as you may have noticed I am now officially Amanda Winston! All areas of my site and resumés should be updated, and if you try to go to my old web address or email you should be automatically redirected to the new website or email address.
My first gig as Amanda Winston was as a backstage manager for the Congresses for Future Medical, Science, and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA during the last week of June. I was in charge of running all of the backstage action of these two 3 day events (6 days in total) with various speakers, workshops, and demos. The events cater to high achieving high-schoolers looking to get a leg up in the medical, science, and technology fields, and I must say I was truly inspired and impressed by the speakers and these kids' enthusiasm. It was a treat to put on my stage manager hat again and do something a little different - and it's fun when my day job can lead into opportunities in my creative life (the folks who run the Congresses are one of my project management clients). I hope to return next year and do it all again!
Coming up next, Amanda will be playing the lead role, Liz, in a full-length staged reading of The Box Office, a new play by Matthew Fowler. This is part of the HARVEST: Festival of New Works at the Side Project Theatre Company in Roger's Park. This will be directed by my lovely friend and colleague Raphael Schwartzman, and will co-star Janet Magnuson, Sarah Patin, Andrew Pond, and Wesley Whitaker. The reading will take place on Saturday, July 29th at 7:30pm and tickets are free! Get all the details on my Current Projects page.
Here's a photo I snuck of the Boston Dynamics robotics demo at the Congress for Future Science & Technology Leaders!
Fun shots below from Fury Theatre's very successful fundraiser, Bottom Shelf Theatre!
The Dining Room has ended (5th best selling show of all time at Oil Lamp Theater!) and now I have something fun to show you - the short student film from last year I starred in has finally been released! Check out "Meanwhile Drive" written/directed by Abdullah Azizi, below. Now also on my Film Shorts page.
Also, I just finished editing together my voiceover demo! Check it out on my Voiceover page or hit the play button below.
My next project (as I keep reminding everyone ;) ) is my wedding, but I will have a brief interlude as an emcee for Fury Theatre's March 15th fundraiser, "Bottom Shelf Theatre: Reasons Why We Drink". It's a fun night of staged readings of the worst plays we could find, and tickets include unlimited booze and apps from 7-9pm for only $30 in advance. Check it out!
Excited to say that we've had several sell-out performances of The Dining Room at Oil Lamp Theater - and remaining tickets are going fast, especially for GoldStar discount nights! This show closes February 26th so get your tickets before time runs out -- this may very well be my last show before "Amanda Lynn Meyer" becomes "Amanda Winston" in May ;)
Purchase Tickets Here
Below are some photos from the production, now also uploaded under Production Photos.
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday so far! I'm on a short break from rehearsals for The Dining Room at Oil Lamp Theater, and so far it has been quite the challenging and oddly serendipitous experience. The challenge has been tackling 10 different roles in one short play. We get about 6 minutes per scene to fully establish a living breathing character, and then we all have to move on. Finding the quirks and differences in all these characters has been really fun - as well as watching all the other actors discover their characters as well.
I've also found to be connecting the the subject of this play - the WASP (white anglo saxon protestants, for the unintiated) "dining room" culture in odd ways. I recently hosted my first "formal" dinner at my apartment with family, and I found myself doing my best imitation of a proper dining room setup like in the play. I may not have had fancy napkin rings or crystal glassware, but it felt special all the same. Something about preparing and sharing food with others, and the ceremony of it, I think is something we can all relate to on some level.
Then, just a few days ago, I was given my late Aunt Debbie's set of fine china. These were given to my Aunt Lynn, her sister, but as she's started a new adventuring traveling the country, these beautiful dishes were bound to be put in storage. I offered to take them and now display them in my cabinets. It's a really beautiful and colorful set, that even includes full tea service for 8 - something this tea lover was quite excited about. I hope to give these lovely dishes some use rather than collect dust. And maybe someday my Aunt's children may want them, and they'll move on. It just seems wrong to put something like a person's china in storage, so for now I am their proud keeper. It's a small way to honor my family and keep my aunt's memory alive. In relation to the play, it helps me understand the outwardly bizarre attachment the characters in this play have to their fine possessions and customs.
I hope you are able to attend this play - there's really some excellent work happening in the rehearsal room and I'm excited to share these poignant stories with audiences at OLT.
I'm happy to share my friends & family discount with you, readers! Just use code "dining" to get $5 off tickets. Also search for us on Goldstar.com to get 1/2 price tickets on select nights. We run Jan 12-Feb 26th - see you at the theatre!
Purchase tickets here: http://oillamptheater.org/calendar/the-dining-room/
Goldstar Tickets here: https://www.goldstar.com/events/glenview-il/the-dining-room-tickets
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