Bianca Amato

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Bianca Amato (197*-) Actress, director.


Born in South Africa, the daughter of playwright, actor and director Rob Amato and actress/designer Hildur Amato. She studied drama at the University of Cape Town, graduating with Distinction in 1994. She worked extensively in theatre and television in South Africa.

In 2002 she to New York, where she has built a successful career, with many leading roles at various theatres, including the Guthrie Theater, the Signature Theater, the Public Theater, BAM, the Atlantic Theater, and The Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She has done guest appearances in TV series, narrates Audio-books (To date she has narrated upwards of 30 novels.) Bianca also works as a private acting coach.

Her American stage work includes Private Lives, The Broken Heart, Arcadia, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Trumpery, The Coast Of Utopia, The Importance of Being Earnest, Mr Fox: A Rumination, As You Like It, Pride and Prejudice, Pygmalion and Topgirls.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She worked in theatre as well as television in South Africa, culminating in playing the lead in South Africa's premiere television series Isidingo –The Need for three years, for which she was nominated Best Actress in the South African equivalent of The Golden Globes.

Theatre productions include Christine in A Doll House (1995), Under Milk Wood (1995), Greek (1996), Faith in Kindertransport (1997), Isabella (2000), Proof (2001).

Awards, etc

She was awarded the Cum Laude prize for Best Student of Dramatic Art at the University of Cape Town.

She won two national awards – the Vita Award and the Fleur du Cap Award - for her performances in Greek and Under Milk Wood


Kindertransport theatre programme, 1997.

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