Amanda Jane Cooper is known for playing Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, serving as the show’s 15th Anniversary Glinda and performing with Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel on NBC. Amanda is one of the longest running actors to have ever played the role, having also performed across the United States in both the First and Second National Tours. You can see her as the face of the role in the show's new national commercials and billboards. In 2019 she appeared as a closing night guest in Kristin Chenoweth's FOR THE GIRLS on Broadway.
Growing up in Valley Forge, PA, she is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University holding a BFA in Musical Theatre & Acting. You’ve seen Amanda in guest and recurring roles on shows like “Glee", “Jessie" on Disney, “Selfie" on ABC, “Bones", “CSI", "Law & Order: SVU", the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and more, as well as several films. Her Instagram comedy #TheBaeSeries keeps fans laughing and her solo cabaret “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, which debuted at 54 Below in New York City, invites us into a story of hope and redemption in her life. Her I Am Second testimony film can be viewed here.
Amanda has a passion for empowering and equipping the next generation of performers. Her students come from many different backgrounds, ages and areas. She creates an environment of encouragement and joy while championing her students to reach their artistic and personal potential. Let's get to work (and play)!