AMY BANKS PRESENTS A MOTOWN LOVE STORY
JULY 23, 2016 – 7:30PM
Amy’s performing career began while living in Atlanta, Georgia where she first appeared in productions with the top stage companies including The Alliance Theater, Jomandi Productions and The Horizon Theater. For nearly a decade she performed cabaret-style shows with Robert Ray and through working with him, further honed her singing skills before moving to Orlando, Florida to work for Walt Disney World Company at the brand new Animal Kingdom theme park. She played both female roles in The Festival of the Lion King singing favorites from the Lion King movie including “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life”. While in Florida she began a year-long engagement singing jazz three nights a week with the Ed Connelly Trio at The Grosvenor Resort.
After a stint performing shows in her hometown(s) with Penumbra Theater and The Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, Amy moved to Lancaster and spent four seasons with American Music Theatre (AMT). While there, Amy nurtured her love for jazz in venues throughout Central PA – from Lancaster restaurants to the Harrisburg Hilton’s prestigious jazz room, The Bar. Other appearances include: The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Berks Jazz Festival; Jazz Night at the James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA; Bucknell University; the “Jazz Upstairs at the Fulton Theatre” series; and The Pennsylvania Academy of Music, as well as various clubs, restaurants, and local churches. Later, Amy returned to Disney World to reprise her roles in the Festival of the Lion King before returning to AMT for a fifth season. Amy has also made a name for herself in Charleston, SC, where she has joined Brad and Jennifer Moranz in five different original productions at the Charleston Music Hall. In 2012, Amy made her European club debut, performing at Jazz Club Soyouz Kompozitorov in Moscow, Russia.
Currently, you will be hard pressed to find Amy performing publicly. After ending long-standing Lancaster engagements at The Greenfield Restaurant, Lancaster Marriott, and Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino, the majority of her singing engagements are in Philadelphia with the non-stop party band, CTO Park Central. You can find her jazz quartet monthly at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, and at special, local concerts/events.
When not singing or driving up and down the road from engagements, Amy spends a good deal of time in New York, working on various non-entertainment projects. She enjoys traveling around the world in relentless pursuit of the next big adventure, practicing being present in yoga, and when time permits, gleefully wanders the woods and plays in the clay. She lives in Lancaster with her car, The Alien. Literally. Yes, car, not cat.