Amanda is a Los Angeles based designer who works in both theatre and film.  She is a member of the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) as an Art Director.

The designer’s role in a play or film’s production is to help the audience understand and relate to a play on its most basic, human level.  He or she must distill the text’s meaning down to its simplest form and present it to the audience through a visually poetic environment.  The designer should force the audience to think, while also having a visceral, unconscious reaction to the production.  This requires the designer to have a very personal response to the text, relating to it through associations, and transforming it into a visual metaphor for the stage or screen.  My goal as a designer is to create thought provoking work that will inspire growth and resonate with my audience on the most personal, human level.​

Complete Works

Film and Television

Art Director, The Stranger Season 1, Quibi, Fox 21, PD: Jennifer Moller, 2019

Art Director, Single Parents Season 1, 20th Century Fox, PD: Melanie Paizis-Jones, 2019

Ass’t Art, Director Strange Angel Season 2, CBS All Access, PD: Warren Young, 2019

Production Designer, The Wheel (Short), The Wheel, Inc., Dir: Nikhil Bhagat, 2019

Production Designer, UCU/NCAA Promo (Commercial), UCU Marketing, Inc., Dir: Merlin Camozzi, 2019

Art Director, Confidence for Her (Commercial), 3 Penny Design, Dir: Rachel Myers, 2018

Art Director, Sleighin’ In The Holidays (Commercial), Haven Entertainment, Barefoot Wine, PD: Caitlin Laingen, 2018

Art Director, Wedding Year (Feature), Lakeshore Entertainment, Dir: Robert Luketic, 2018

Art Director, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (Netflix), Luminant Media, PD: Rachel Myers, 2018

Art Director, Thank You (Music Video), Ryuji, Spark Pictures, Inc., Dir: Ben Nicholas, 2018

Production Designer, Low Low (Feature), Halfway Crooks Entertainment, Dir: Nick Richey, 2018

Art Director, Five Points (Facebook Watch), Facebook, Indigenous Media, Dir: Thomas Carter, 2017

Production Designer, Dylan (Short), Black Poppy Productions, Dir: Cory Miller, 2017

Art Director, East Los High Season 4 and 5 (Hulu), Wisdom Productions, Inc., PD: Rachel Myers, 2016, 2017

Art Director, Ode to the Big Game (Commercial), WordPress, Wander, Inc., PD: Rachel Myers, 2017

Art Director, Garanimals (Commercial), JOJX Productions, PD: Rachel Myers, 2016

Production Designer, Long Distance Relationships (Web), SoulPancake, Dir: Nick P Ross, 2016

Ass’t Art Director, Sing It! Season 1 (YouTube Red), The Fine Bros./Mandeville Films, Dir: Tyler Spindel, 2015

Art Director, The Night Josh Tillman Came to our Apartment (Music Video), Father John Misty, Doomsday Entertainment, Dir: Drew Pearce, 2015

Art Assistant, FIFA Women’s World Cup Promo (Commercial), Fox Sports, PD: Brett Hess, 2015

Set Decorator, Get Serious (Commercial), Wander, Inc., PD: Rachel Myers, 2015

Set Dresser, Nerd Court Season 1 (Web), Fumblebuck Production, PD: Rachel Myers, 2014

Art Assistant, Faking It Season 2, MTV, Viacom, PD: Rachel Myers, 2014

Scenic Design

Handjob, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Chris Fields, 2019

As You Like It, Off Square Theatre Company (Jackson, WY), Dir: Edgar Landa, 2019

Fruition, Theatre of Note (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Lauren Smerkanich, 2019

Seven, Élan Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Natsuko Ohama, 2019

Samsara, Coeurage Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Rebecca Wear, 2019

Brain Problems, Ammunition Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Alana Dietze, 2019

Charlotte Stay Close, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Jonathan Muñox-Proulx, 2019

Roots, Theatre of Note (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Lee Conrads, 2019

The Wolves, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Alana Dietze, 2019

Tuesdays With Morrie, Sierra Madre Playhouse (Sierra Madre, CA), Dir: Flint Esquerra, 2019

Stuart Little, Sierra Madre Playhouse (Sierra Madre, CA), Dir: Christian Lebano, 2019

Bliss (Or Emily Post is Dead!), Moving Arts (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Darin Anthony, 2018

Gloria, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Chris Fields, 2018

What Happened When, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Chris Fields, 2018

Lost in Time, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Keith Szarabajka, 2018

Ripe Frenzy, Greenway Court Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Alana Dietze, 2018

The Willows, Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Jessica Hannah, 2018

An Undivided Heart, Circle X/The Echo (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Chris Fields, 2018

Year of the Rooster, Theatre of Note (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: McKerrin Kelly, 2018

Pigs and Chickens, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Kevin Comartin, 2018

The Engine of Our Ruin, Pomona College (Pomona, CA), Dir: Corey Sorenson, 2017

Dry Land, Kirk Douglas Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Alana Dietze, 2017

WET: A DACAmented Journey, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Kevin Comartin, 2017

One Act Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Kevin Comartin, 2017

Mice, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Roderick Menzies, 2017

Fixed, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Rodney To, 2017

Welcome to the White Room, Theatre of Note (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Megan A. McGuane, 2017

Goonie, Circle X (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Jim Anzide, 2017

How to Raise a Freeman, Ammunition Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Fred Thomas Jr., 2017

Blueberry Toast, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Dustin Wills, 2016

Mutual Philanthropy, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Dan Bonnell, 2016

Cherry Orchard, Pomona College (Pomona, CA), Dir: Art Horowitz, 2016

One of the Nice Ones, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Chris Fields, 2016

Dry Land, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Alana Dietze, 2016

ICU, Circle X (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Brian Schnipper, 2015

Cafe Society, Odyssey Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Terri Hanauer ,2015

Row After Row, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Tara Karsian, 2015

A Small Fire, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Alana Dietze, 2015

Fugue, The Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Chris Fields, 2015

Bob’s Holiday Office Party, Pico Playhouse (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Craig Anton, 2014

Urban Legends One Act Festival, Urban Theatre Movement (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Paul Tully, 2014

Kalamazoo, Pacific Resident Theatre (Venice, CA), Dir: Dan Bonnell, 2014

Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Atwater Village Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Craig Anton, 2014

Changes in the Mating Strategies of White People, Lounge Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Craig Anton, 2014

The Underground: Street Chronicles, USC (Los Angeles, CA), Dir: Marquisa Gardner, 2013

Spring Awakening (Musical), CSULB University Players (Long Beach, CA), Dir: Joanne Gordon, 2013

Boom, Alive Theatre (Long Beach, CA), Dir: Caitlin Sullivan Hart, 2012

Ajax in Iraq, CSULB University Players (Long Beach, CA), Dir: John Farmanesh-Bocca, 2012

Mulan Jr., Upper Darby Summer Stage (Drexel Hill, PA), Dir: Dawn Morningstar, 2011

A Man Walks into the World, CSULB University Players (Long Beach, CA), Dir: Valentin Levitsky, 2011

As You Like It, CSULB University Players (Long Beach, CA), Dir: Maureen Huskey, 2011

Associate/Assistant Scenic Design

What You Are, The Old Globe (San Diego, CA), Designer: Rachel Myers, 2019

Race, Kirk Douglas Theatre (Culver City, CA), Designer: Jeffery Eisenmann, 2014

The Cherry Orchard, Pacific Resident Theatre (Venice, CA), Designer: Jeffery Eisenmann, 2014

The Recommendation, IAMA Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA), Designer: Rachel Myers, 2014

Queenie Pie, Long Beach Opera (San Pedro, CA), Designer: Danila Korogodsky, 2014

A View From the Bridge, Pacific Resident Theatre (Venice, CA), Designer: Jeffery Eisenmann, 2013

University Teaching

California State University - Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Lecturer and Lab Instructor for Elementary Stagecraft 2013-2014

Graduate Teachers Assistant for Stagecraft 2010-2013

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Charge Scenic Painter and Crew Supervisor 2013-2016

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