Amy Gorelow is a Renaissance human who acts, directs, writes, teaches, plays several musical instruments, and dabbles in the visual arts.
Growing up in Atlanta, Amy began her acting training at the Alliance Theatre. She began her professional career at age 17, playing Sally in the world premiere of Blessed Assurance at the ART Station. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Studies at Guilford College in 2000. Fascinated with Russian culture, Amy studied movement, acting, and directing in Moscow in 1998 through the National Theatre Institute. Unsatisfied with just three months, in 2004 she studied at the Stanislavski Summer School in Cambridge and returned to Moscow the next spring for more movement training at the Moscow Art Theatre and Shukin Schools. After returning to the U.S., she moved to Chicago, where she found an artistic home at Piccolo Theatre, where she was a company member from 2007-2017.
A piano player since the age of seven, she switched to double bass lessons at 13. Amy played in the DeKalb Youth Symphony for six years and the prestigious Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for one year, ending the season by performing at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics, playing a program composed and conducted by Michael Kamen. She has played instruments in several theatre productions and podcasts. Currently she owns and plays piano, melodica, string bass, electric bass, guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo (very basic), recorder, bongos, and assorted percussion. She has taught music to children throughout her career.
Amy has performed as a clown, improvising at Navy Pier as well as performing the grotesque evil clown Dr. Goebbels, which received critical acclaim. She is reprising the role at the Theatre On The Lake and on tour.
She has always considered herself a writer. She has written three novels, poetry, short stories, and plays. Hansel and Gretel: The Panto, which she co-wrote with Nathan Thompson and Andrew Berlien, was produced at Piccolo Theatre in November of 2017. She performs her one-woman adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories in schools and libraries.
Amy loves anything to do with the water, reading, flying, skiing, traveling, making stuff, her animals, and her people.