Amanda Rogers launched the drama department at The Gooden School in 2015 and continues to grow the curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade. Amanda is a graduate of the theatre department at Northwestern University. Upon graduation, the William Morris Agency brought her to Los Angeles to pursue her career acting in theatre, television, and film. Amanda began her writing career with her play, I Am Grock, which won her first place in an international playwriting competition and went on to be directed by Neil Patrick Harris at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Amanda’s most recent show, The Beverly Hillbillies, the Musical, based on the iconic TV series, was recently published and had its debut in Chicago. Amanda has written and directed for the European Cirque show, Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle and San Francisco. She has taught theatre history, playwriting, and acting at a performing arts high school, but much prefers the younger performing artists at Gooden. Amanda is also a certified life coach and Somatic Experiencing practitioner.