December 7, 1969 |
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Amato was born in the city of Plainfield, New Jersey and grew up in nearby Mountainside. She started playing and performing music at three. Amato attended the all-girls Kent Place School (receiving the Drama Award upon graduation) and then Vassar College, earning a BA with both General Honors and Honors in Drama. While at Vassar, she performed in the Music Department's elite a cappella group, the Madrigals, and in the student-managed coeducational a cappella group, Matthew's Minstrels.
After Vassar, Amato moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and quickly was cast as a guest star on popular TV series Quantum Leap, garnering her a SAG card. In the mid-1990s, she and Jeff Stacy founded Velvet Chain, an indie band with a large cult following, most famous for appearances on TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the subsequent soundtrack album on TVT Records. The band has also self-released several albums on its own label, Freak Productions, and members continue to write and record material.
Amato is still acting and has relocated to New York City, where she has been in numerous productions, including the Off-Broadway musicals The Sphinx Winx  and Signs of Life. She has also appeared in many plays and films over the years, including the lead in indie film A Couple of Days and Nights and in musicals Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theatre Group - Ovation Award Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical), Paint Your Wagon (Geffen Playhouse), Nine (Chance Theater - OC Weekly Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), 42nd Street (Welk Resort Theatre), Anything Goes (Candlelight Pavilion - Inland Theatre League Awards Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical) ), and others.
- Erika Amato - Biography, Velvet Chain. Accessed September 12, 2013. "Erika was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, and grew up in the small, rather upscale town of Summit (she actually lived in Mountainside, one of the smaller, adjoining towns), about 25 minutes from Manhattan."
- Haas, Pia. "Meet Erika Amato as Lela Rogers in Backwards In High Heels.", Westchester Broadway Theatre, August 18, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015. "I grew up in Mountainside, NJ and went to the all-girls Kent Place School, in Summit."
- Maestro Arts and Reviews - Interview - Erika Amato
- Blank, Matthew (2011-05-17). The-Sphinx-Winx-With-Bruce-Sabath-Bret-Shuford-and-Erika-Amato-Off-Broadway "PHOTO CALL: New Musical The Sphinx Winx, With Bruce Sabath, Bret Shuford and Erika Amato, Off-Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- Signs-of-Life-with-Amato-Bridges-Collins-Zagnit-Opens-in-NYC-Feb-25 Playbill - New Musical Signs of Life, with Amato, Bridges, Collins, Zagnit, Opens in NYC Feb. 25
- - IMDB - A Couple Of Days And Nights
- Playbill - Can-Can, Kaye, Felder, Lewis and Jersey Boys Win 2007 L.A. Ovation Awards
- - The Chance Theater - Awards and Honors
- - 2006 Inland Theatre League Awards
- Enchanted-original-soundtrack/release/1303583 Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz - "Enchanted" (original soundtrack)
- imdb.com - Erika Amato