Erika Amato

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Erika Amato
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Born (1969-12-07) December 7, 1969 (age 46)
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1992–present

Erika Amato (born December 7, 1969) is an American singer and actress and a founding member of the band Velvet Chain.


Amato was born in the city of Plainfield, New Jersey and grew up in nearby Mountainside.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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 [4] and Signs of Life.[5] She has also appeared in many plays and films over the years, including the lead in indie film A Couple of Days and Nights[6] and in musicals Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theatre Group - Ovation Award Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical),[7] Paint Your Wagon (Geffen Playhouse), Nine (Chance Theater - OC Weekly Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical),[8] 42nd Street (Welk Resort Theatre), Anything Goes (Candlelight Pavilion - Inland Theatre League Awards Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical) [9]), and others.

She also does voice work for TV shows and films—most recently for PBS-TV animated series Danger Rangers and Disney feature film Enchanted.[10]

Amato appeared on TV series-competition Win Ben Stein's Money and won.[11]


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