Amy Newman


Amy is back in her favorite city after joining the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  In three seasons in Ashland, she played a wide range of roles including Fanny Dashwood/ensemble in Sense and Sensibility (and as an understudy, three performances playing Elinor!), Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Mistress Ford in the Merry Wives of Windsor, Calypso/Muse/ensemble in Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey, Mrs. Joe/Narrator in Great Expectations, and Ronda/ensemble in the world premiere of Lisa Loomer’s Roe.  After her first season at OSF, Amy went on the road with Roe to perform it at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  It was a highlight of her career to tell that story at such a critical time in our nation’s history.  

Born in Gainesville, Florida Amy has lived all over, including San Pedro, Belize.  After two years of college, she moved to Philadelphia to pursue theater and explore a bigger city.  She studied with the late George DiCenzo at the Acting Studio of Philadelphia and later earned her BA from Temple University.  She continued her training by taking classes and workshops as well as performing with many companies around town.  She built her resume doing small, scrappy theater and after seven years in Philadelphia, Amy moved to Portland in 2005.  She first found a home with Theatre Vertigo and worked there as an ensemble member for five years.  Her final production with Theatre Vertigo earned her a Best Supporting Actress Drammy for God’s Ear in 2010.  Amy has worked with many other companies in town including Portland Center Stage, defunkt theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Profile Theatre, Liminal and Third Rail Repertory Theatre.  She was awarded a 2014 Best Actress Drammy for her role in Third Rail’s production of Gidion’s Knot.  Outside of theater, she’s done a few small films over the years and appeared on Season 3 of Grimm. 

Amy is grateful to have an artistic home at Artists Rep where she has appeared in ten productions so far: Ann in All My Sons, Helen in Design for Living, Belle/Nora in Ah, Wilderness!, Anya in The Cherry Orchard, Becky in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, Lynn in Red Herring, Pegeen Mike in The Playboy of the Western World, Sylvia in Tribes, Clarice in The Liar, and Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker.  Amy lives in North Portland with her husband Josh and two cats, Rory and McDuff.  When not at the theater she can be found in a yoga class, hiking in the woods, at the movies, or cooking.  She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Amy considers it a great privilege to be a working artist and is thrilled to be a part of the growth at Artists Rep.