Meet our Keynote Speaker - Amanda Jane Cooper!
Amanda grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she landed her first film roles in Smart People opposite Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church, and in Homecoming with Mischa Barton.
After graduating, she made her New York theatre debut in BUNKED! A NEW MUSICAL followed by the play LETTER FROM ALGERIA. Amanda then starred as Glinda in WICKED (National Tour) for most of 2011, floating by bubble across the country and even performing for First Lady Michelle Obama during the show's 10-week run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She then moved to Los Angeles where she landed guest star and recurring roles on Glee, Bones, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jessie (Disney) and more. Films include Cavemen, Sutures, Days Like This & more. She's also written original songs for, produced, and starred in two one-woman cabarets at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles.
For 16 months from December, 2015 to March, 2017, Amanda reprised her role as Glinda in the National Tour of WICKED, visiting over 20 cities for 500 performances for over a million people! Her interpretation of the role garnered praise from critics around the country.
On July 31st, 2017 she made her Broadway debut starring as Glinda in WICKED. Currently, you can find her bubbling up at the Gerswhin in NYC. Amanda is grateful to her team at BRS/Gage & Primary Wave, Stephen Schwartz, Craig Burns, Joan Lader, her family and God.