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Senior Spotlight: Amanda Kochanny

September 2012

Hometown: Homer Glen, Ill.

Previous productions: Lady Windermere's Fan, The Drowsy Chaperone, Oedipus Rex, Frog and Toad, Reasons to be Pretty, dark play or stories for boys

Latest Project: Legally Blonde at The Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, directed by Shellee Frazee

Favorite show and why: I would have to say Oedipus–it was unique and unlike any other process we had at Ambrose, and we took it to ACTF where it was well received! Plus we grew close as an ensemble through the year and a half we worked on it.

Someone who inspires you: The children at the children shows–they are always so excited and they look up to you. They remind me of why I started doing theatre in the first place!

Advice for new students: Audition for every single show–everything. You don't want to miss out on a new experience to work with a director and grow closer to the department.

Favorite memory of SAU Theatre: Freshman year ACTF. I didn't know anyone as a person off stage, just as actors and I finally got to see who they were in real life.

If you could thank anyone right now who would it be and why: My parents for always coming to my shows, and for not judging my career choice as a actor. I know not everyone is fortunate enough to have parents to support their acting career, and mine do.

Your proudest accomplishment: Being cast as Elle in Legally Blonde. I see myself as more of an actor then a singer, and it was my first leading role in a musical.

What is something that always motivates you: The fear of failing. If you give it everything you've got then you can't have any regrets. It keeps me on top of things and working efficiently.

If you could meet anyone right now who would it be and why: Johnny Depp. He has the ideal acting career. He's played all different types of personas and has succeeded in the majority of his movies.

What are you most excited about for your senior year: I look forward to the Alumni show and to see our faculty act in it. We don't get to see them act that much–and darn it they are good!

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