From the voiceover studio to the acclaimed Wheelock Family Theater stage in Boston, I’m thrilled to share that I’ve made my live theater premiere in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (of Hamilton fame) first Broadway musical, In The Heights, playing Camila, one of the principal rolesThis is a dream come true!

With "Vanessa" (actress Iliana García, my "husband, Kevin" (actor Luis Negrón) and "Nina" (actress Laura Lebrón)
With “Vanessa” (actress Iliana García), my “husband, Kevin” (actor Luis Negrón) and “Nina” (actress Laura Lebrón)

This 2008 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical centers on an ensemble of characters in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. My character is a strong Puerto Rican mother – kind’a, sort’a who I am! This extraordinary play addresses themes of immigration, Latin culture, connection, love, unity, community and home. It ranges from poignant to hilarious, and the songs (all in great Latin rhythms) and choreography serve the story line faithfully.

Rosi Amador with "Daniela"(Yewande Odetoyinbo in) in "In the Heights" at Wheelock Family Theater.
With “Daniela,” actress Yewande Odetoyinbo.

 

I haven’t performed in a musical since my days at Bryn Mawr College. During my adolescence it was one of my passions, so you can imagine how honored I am to have been given this opportunity by the award-winning Wheelock Family Theater, where our family saw so many fabulous topnotch musicals when our twins were little, and where they studied theater in the summer.

I cried when I was offered the role and I’m very happy to say that it has been a wonderful experience! We’ve had responsive full houses in the gorgeous 660 seat theater since the show opened. The 16 show run (plus 6 packed shows for middle and high school students) turned into an 18-show run and the last 6 shows have completely sold out! That coupled with a string of standing ovations has made this experience something I will never, ever forget.

Here’s the website with information about the sold out run which closes on November 19th in Boston!

Rosi Amador and Johanna Carlisle Zepeda, "In the Heights", Wheelock Family Theater
With “Abuela Claudia,” actress Johanna Carlisle Zepeda

What am I most grateful for? How much this stretched me as an actor, of course! As a voice actor I have continuously studied to improve my skills with fantastic casting directors and coaches. But add in the blocking, the interaction with other actors and the way the audience responds differently each night, and it’s a whole other ball of wax. I have had to continuously respond to the stimuli in the moment. Fun!

With my husband on stage, "Kevin Rosario", actor Luis Negrón
With my husband on stage, “Kevin Rosario”, actor Luis Negrón

I’m reminded of how much I’ve grown since studying with my talented friend Rebecca Haugh’s “Love That Improv” online voiceover improvisation classes, which have helped me become a more creative voice actor.

Of course, I feel tremendous gratitude toward the other talented actor/singers and dancers in the show for their inspiration and patience as I learned all about the theater world and lingo.

The experience has challenged me, but I believe I rose to the occasion thanks to good direction and stewardship from those around me. Gracias de nuevo – thanks again to the Wheelock Family Theater, for choosing me. Lastly, I’m also deeply grateful to all the friends who traveled from all parts of the country to see me perform. I’m so blessed.

I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to make my living from my voice and creativity. From music, to voiceover, to singing and acting on the stage, this experience reminds me of how we transitioned from our full-time music career into voiceover, years ago. I’ve loved every minute of it, but I so look forward to helping my clients once again at my voiceover studio, once we take that final bow on Sunday night!

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Rosi Amador
Rosi Amador is a native Spanish/English voiceover actor with no accent whatsoever in either language. She was raised both in Latin and North America, so she is a native speaker of both languages, bicultural and equally comfortable in both worlds. She can easily add a Hispanic accent to her English reads when required. Her clients describe her voice as friendly, sparkling, expressive, pleasing, warm and enthusiastic. She is a mom of bilingual twin daughters born in 1996 and the wife and business partner of hubby Brian Amador, Latin guitarist and bilingual voice actor. She loves dark chocolate, yoga and singing Latin music! Visit Rosi's new website: www.rosiamadorvo.com

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4 thoughts on “Rosi Amador’s Pro Theater Debut in “In The Heights”

  1. I am blessed to have known Rosi since she was a very young student at The Baldwin School. Rosi is gifted and caring and brings joy to all who know her. Her voice is magical.
    And for me, Rosi is one of the most loving persons I have ever known.

    1. Dearest Kit, your generosity and love for me means the world to me. Thanks for being so supportive for nearly four decades. Although you couldn’t come from far away to be with me, you were there in spirit, my wonderful friend! Love, Rosi

  2. Bravo Rosi !!!!
    Closing Matinee
    was fabulous. We so enjoyed your acting skills and always love to hear your singing
    along with Brian and Sonia with Love,
    The Donalds

    1. Thank you SO much for coming to see me, particularly on closing day. It meant so much to me, Bruce and Mary! I’m forever grateful for your support of my creativity and our friendship. Wishing you and Alexandra a wonderful holiday season and hoping to see you soon! Warmly, Rosi

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