Here I've listed my acting projects in the various genres, including descriptions and brief reminiscences in reverse chronological order. For more, my old acting blog can be found here. I've included photos whenever I can, but in some cases it has proven difficult (particularly theatre), because I worked before the days of Facebook and Instagram, and in general I don't have many photos from those days. It surprises me, but people still request autographs from time to time. If that's what you want, there is a contact form on the home page.
Here's something that doesn't fit anywhere else: me doing a monologue in French, recorded in my living room. It's edited from a scene in Victor Hugo's Le Roi S'Amuse (The King Amuses Himself), and for a bit of trivia, I did the English version of this monologue in auditions in college: video.
The Vagina Monologues (2013, 2014)
I made a return to acting after a five-year absence, for a good cause. The Fort Worth V-Day chapter benefitted Safe Haven, a women's charity. In the 2013 performance of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, I had the lengthiest monologue in the play, and in an English accent to boot ("The Vagina Workshop")! In that monologue, I played a prim and proper woman recounting how she discovered her... um... womanhood in a workshop for women where they explored their vaginas. In the 2014 edition, I performed "The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy", about a former dominatrix who reveled in helping women find their orgasms. It was a hoot!
A Perfect Partner (2008)
This short was directed by Rachel Henderson, who also directed How To Dig Your Own Grave and You Can Have It, some of my earlier film gigs (see below). I played the wife of a mob guy who left some unfinished business in the garage. My parents were coming into town and the body needed to disappear, so guess who cleaned it up? The shoot was gory and fun.
No Tempus Fugit (2008)
This experimental short was directed by Mark Sawyer (RIP). I played an artist who stops at nothing to bring a handsome stranger out of his reclusive shell when he wanders into town. Much of my own art was featured in the film! It was a nice and relaxed shoot in the very quiet, tiny town of Tehuacana, Texas. This film screened at the Dallas Video Festival and you can watch it online here.
I Hate You And I Want You To Fucking Die (2008) unfinished; not pictured
Justin Powers, the director of Pot Zombies (see below), asked me to play the victim-turned-victor in this sadistic horror short. It was gory, and messy to film. Sadly, the original was damaged before the film could be completed, so this film is lost.
Watch Your Head (2008)
This lengthy monolgue was playwright Lynda Rodriguez's own story about having a stroke while performing on stage, followed by months of frustration and rehab and a miraculous recovery. Watch Your Head was performed as part of SceneShop's Stories We Can Tell at the Out Of The Loop Festival in Addison, directed by Steve McGaw. I was honored that Lynda wanted me to tell her story. (Little did I know that, some years later, I would be a therapist working with people who had strokes!)
Jedi Junkies (2008) not pictured
Due to my Princess Leia burlesque routine (see below), I was asked to record an interview for a documentary about Star Wars fans, directed by Mark Edlitz. This documentary has been very well received and I am proud to be part of this great fan community! It's widely available, including on DVD, Netflix, and streaming on Hulu.
Crazed, Caged Rage! (2007)
This was a summer production at Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, a wordless women-in-prison drama set to music by Stravinsky and Billie Holiday, among others. The play was more like a pantomime dance piece, created by the inimitable Johnny Simons. I was given my own chance to shine as a burlesque dancer at a pivotal point in the show. In the fall, I worked with Hip Pocket Theatre again in the Cowtown Puppetry Festival, playing a burlesque queen at a garden party.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2007) not pictured
This unique multimedia production of Frank Baum's book, by The Butterfly Connection, included live theatre, film, puppetry, and song. I was part of the ensemble directed by Adam Dietrich, acting and puppeteering everything from a giant poppy to a miniature cow figurine. Ironically, on opening night, much of the area was threatened by real tornadoes!
Some Notorious "Reality" Show (2007) not pictured
If you look at my IMDB page, you'll notice that I have a dubious credit I wouldn't usually list on my resume. No, that's not because I was caught cheating, but rather because this "reality show" goes to a lot of trouble to preserve the illusion that it is reality. So I let it slide that people think I was really on that show as myself when I was, in fact, acting, and was paid to do the show. It was a fun episode, involving a lesbian mudfight and burlesque dancing!
World's Greatest Vampire Killers (2007)
I had a small cameo role in this horror film directed by Val Cortinas. It was a smaller role than I would normally accept at that point in my career, but I couldn't pass up the chance to finally play a vampire! Filming was brief and, obviously, very bloody.
I joined a burlesque ensemble on a whim after being invited by a fellow actress. I hadn't danced seriously since high school but I discovered I still loved it. Our little group quickly became quite popular in Dallas, peforming at many venues including the Dallas Hub Theater, the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Zúbar, and Dallas All-Con. We had great routines and were even invited to perform live with the band Shanghai 5. Some of my solos included a baseball number in honor of "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio, an Alice-In-Wonderland number set to "White Rabbit", a Madonna number in which I sang on stage ("Hanky Panky"), and a "Vampyros Lesbos" number in honor of Soledad Miranda, my muse. By far the greatest was my "Star Wars" number, in which I was Princess Leia in a Disco outfit, then in her famous metal bikini. I even took this dance to the massive Dragon*Con and participated in a Slave Leia photoshoot, and won Best Costume at the first Texas Burlesque Fest! Sadly, the group and I parted ways and I stopped dancing after that.
El Conejito Verde (2006-2007) not pictured
This bilingual educational children's play, based on a folk tale and translated as The Green Rabbit Prince, was performed in elementary schools for hundreds of children by Teatro de la Rosa. I joined them for several performances led by Yvonne Duque, even though I don't speak Spanish! I learned the lines phonetically when one of their actresses had to drop out unexpectedly.
Comedy Killers (2005-2007)
I was a long-time member of this comedy murder mystery dinner theater troupe, led by Tim Shane. It allowed me to grow my improv skills. Comedy Killers had a regular gig on the Texas Queen riverboat, and also performed at the Dallas Hub Theater, Bass Hall, and many other venues. I performed in too many shows to mention, played a lot of memorable characters, and had a lot of fun! Some of my favorite characters were a clairvoyant, a country bumpkin, a Dr. Ruth type, and an Australian TV adventurer. I also did Singing Telegrams for the company. These involved custom writing songs for the client, getting in a ridiclous costume, showing up in some public place with balloons and singing in front of a bunch of strangers! They were a real challenge as an actor and a human being, but were a big moneymaker. Some of my characters were a Biker Babe, Star Trek Girl, French Maid, Lion Tamer, and Cowgirl.
Take-Away Spirit (2005-2006) unfinished
This Chinese ghost tale-inspired horror film was directed by Kevin Collins, a producer who was behind several Jess Franco films (!), and shot in New York and Virginia in short increments. It was the first time I'd had a major role tailor made and written just for me, and it was a great honor for that reason. I played a Chinese restaurant delivery girl who is haunted by and battles an evil spirit with the aid of a beautiful warrior. A lot of talented people were involved, both cast and crew, including special effects. Yet fraught with production difficulties, the status of this film is unfortunately still up in the air.
Corporate Deadquarters (2006) unfinished; not pictured
This short student film directed by Sean Koval was about a big corporation (All-Mart) that hired a zombie worker to cut costs. Naturally, this had a disastrous end. I couldn't pass up a zombie film! Yet again, a project left unfinished... this happens a lot with no-budget or student films, I have noticed.
Don't Let's Start (2006) not pictured
Eric Rhoades, director of my first film Caffeine Headache, needed to raise funds for a feature film, so he made a mock trailer for it and I acted in it, including one scene as a bimbo lesbian park ranger!
Dogcatcher was part of 3 From The Borderline by Rob Bosquez, a trio of monologues performed at the Hispanic Playwrights Festival at the Rose Marine Theater. I played a woman reminiscing and floating in and out of reality. It was a long and challenging piece, but also rewarding. I was flattered to receive my first review from a newspaper. Mark Lowry of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote: "In Dogcatcher, Amy Brown commendably acts this free-verse piece about a woman at another type of border crossing, one involving her sanity."
Goose Dance (2006) not pictured
This was my return to the real stage after a hiatus since college. Goose Dance was an original, powerful play by three local women playwrights and I was honored to play the lead role. It was performed at the Rose Marine Theater and directed primarily by Lauri McKay Bevan. I played a woman who faced the life-altering task of caring for her recently disabled brother who had abused her during their childhood. I had a wonderful time with this play and my fellow actors and the further opportunities it brought me. Sadly, the videography fell through so the performances were not preserved outside of our memories.
The Sadness Will Last Forever (2004-2006) unfinished
This 16mm film was the first movie I ever did that was on actual film. It was an existentialist arthouse vampire film that focused on the characters in themes of the death of myth, time and memory. I had filmed a small part as a bellhop when the project was known as Replicating Eros, but the director HuctH decided to start over with better equipment and a new story, so I was invited to play a new role. My storyline was a movie within the movie, wherein I played a French interpreter who deliberatly mistranslates to cause mischief. Here's some trivia: I lost my cinematic virginity in this film, which involved a brief scene against a tree in the woods. Another unfinished film, at least so far...
A Hard Rain (2006) not pictured
This was a student film by Travis Farris in which I played a woman returning to her husband the morning of September 11, 2001 after having a fight the night before. I also performed her sister in voice-over. The shoot at TCU was quick and efficient - the luxury of having top-notch equipment and a sound stage!
Full Metal Alchemist, Case Closed, Yu Yu Hakusho, Sakura Wars, Kiddy Grade (2003-2005) not pictured
I did voice-over for these Japanese anime shows being dubbed for American television (Cartoon Network) by FUNimation Productions. They were all small parts for single episodes, but it paid some bills and was fun to do in those little sound booths. It was always a challenge to get your voice to line up with the "mouth flaps" of the animated characters. In one episode I played a woman being impregnated by a demon!
Embarrassing Moment No. 437 (2004)
This was a short comedy about two dog-walkers who meet in a park and have a nice conversation, but there was a tragic yet funny surprise ending. I'm great with animals, but this was the only time I worked with them. It was a nice shoot and the finished product looked great. You can watch it online here.
You Can Have It (2004)
Originally shot for the 24-Hour Video Race (a contest in which a team produces a complete short film in 24 hours), this film didn't reach completion until well after the contest deadline. It was a tongue-in-cheek spoof of those 1950s educational videos, about how to get quick cash. I played a Peggy Bundy-like housewife who poisons her husband to collect insurance money. Each segment had a different director; mine was by Rachel Henderson (director of How To Dig Your Own Grave and later A Perfect Partner). You can watch my segment online here.
STUDs, Duds, & Pick-Up Lines (2004) not pictured
I had a small but fun role as a delivery woman in this romantic comedy, which was executive produced by my agent. I got the role the day of shooting after the actress who was supposed to play the part got sick, as I had a reputation as a quick study! The film was screened locally several times to packed houses.
Dawn Of Twilight (2003-2004)
In this futuristic action/sci-fi thriller, directed by Cyrus Martin, I played the lead role of Dawn, a mysterious woman who has amnesia and is being hunted by an assassin. It turns out she was a government experiment and has special mental powers, and many people are after her. This was my first starring feature film role (along with Mute, except this film actually got finished). Like many independent projects, the shoots were long and took place on weekends over many months, but it was a rewarding process and I'm glad to have been a part. Here's some trivia: the actor who played Twilight, the assassin, had earlier played my love interest in Just Winnings, wherein I had my first screen kiss. Here's the trailer. The film is on DVD and was later released as a series of webisodes, which you can watch online here.
Dr. Deadly's Theatre of Horrors (2003)
This was a local cable show which aired old horror movies, with vignettes between the commercial breaks. During the vignettes Dr. Deadly set up the movie, did experiments in his laboratory, and the other characters were all involved in a plot line unto itself. I played an evil 300-year-old witch, one of three sisters who were raised by the gypsies and lived in a forest near Dr. Deadly's castle. It was fun to do something theatrical and big, as opposed to the more realistic roles I was used to playing. It was also interesting taping in a TV studio environment, and very different from an independent film set. Due to limited studio time, we rehearsed quite extensively in advance. Makeup took a long time; I had a prosthetic nose and chin. I also had a cameo role in normal makeup as the Devil in a blue dress. The show had a nice writeup and photo spread in Scary Monsters magazine. It aired frequently on Dallas cable and was also available on DVD.
Pot Zombies (2003)
I had a funny cameo role in this film which was about people who turn into zombies when they smoke radioactive pot. I played a high school cheerleader who slipped in blood after a massacre at the school, and landed face-down in the crotch of a dismembered body. Fun! I later related the horror to a news crew. They used real animal intestines for the gore, which was pretty disgusting. You can't imagine the smell. If I weren't already a vegetarian that could've made me one! This film is one of my more well-known, as it was put out on DVD by the one and only TROMA!!! The film is available on Netflix; you can watch my scene online here.
Getting To Know You (2003)
After a string of horror and drama roles, I got to do some comedy for a change in this short film. I played a foul-mouthed, bad-assed artist with questionable ethics who decides to kidnap the guy her friend has a crush on, so her friend can tell him how she feels. This was made by the same team as Mute (see below). It was a fun role and quite different from any other I had played. This film showed at the Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival in Oklahoma. You can watch the film online here.
The Rockville Slayer (2003)
I played a crucial supporting role as an escaped mental patient with a violent past in this horror film. I initially had to fight for the role but I am glad I did. The role has almost no dialogue but is a very complex and physical character; I even had a stunt sequence. My special makeup effects took hours to prepare! This was my first significant professional acting job, my first time shooting a movie away from home (in Illinois; like a real film on location), my first shot in HD, and also my first movie with a real paycheck. Director Marc Selz was great to work for, and we had a talented cast and crew. I got to work with well-known actors Joe Estevez, Linnea Quigley, and Robert Z'Dar. We even had a red-carpet premiere that my whole family flew in for. I am proud to have been in at least one "big" film in my career. No, it never played in theaters around the country, but it did have worldwide distribution on DVD and is available on Netflix. I wrote an article about the experience for Sirens of Cinema magazine, and the film was mentioned in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and numberous times in Fangoria. Originally known as Unaware, the film is really a dark psychological thriller, though the title was changed when it was billed as a slasher pic for marketing reasons, which is a bit of a shame. I am very proud of this one, so check it out! Here's the trailer; you can watch my scenes online here.
How To Dig Your Own Grave (2003)
In this short zombie film directed by the very creative Rachel Henderson, I played a girl who accidentally killed her boyfriend in a fit of jealousy; in an attempt to save him, her best friend raises the dead. It was really just a love story gone awry, resulting in some accidental violence that leads to a zombie infestation. Naturally, some very gory filming was involved, which was lots of fun! It was my first major leading role in a film project and my character was turned into a zombie. What more could I ask for?
Mute (2003) unfinished
In this horror film/psychological thriller directed by Kim Turner, I played a girl whose friends are all being killed off by a mysterious figure from their past. I had a lot of psychological torment and fright, and anger and near madness along with an innocence and vulnerability to portray. I was cast in Mute and Dawn Of Twilight around the same time, which was amazing to me to get two feature film leads so suddenly. It was a good shoot and I was really looking forward to seeing the finished product. Sadly, that was not to be, for the film encountered production difficulties and was never finished.
Fandom (2003) not pictured
This was a documenary by Nick Tucker about Natalie Portman fans in which I played myself, a Natalie Portman fan. I was interviewed about my fandom of Natalie, including how it has changed since I became an actor. Originally called Adrift in Fandom, it portrayed several levels of fandom, including a total fanatic that may in fact be a step away from reality (i.e. fiction). Fandom was screened at numerous film festivals and won Best Picture and Best Director at the DIY Film Festival in Hollywood. It's available on DVD and Netflix.
New Apartment (2003)
Blood Party (2003)
This pair of one-minute films was shot by Donna May of the Dallas chapter of Group 101 Films. Each had a horror theme and was made for airing on the AMC Channel as interstitials during Halloween programming. In New Apartment, I played a girl whose new apartment hasn't quite been cleared of a crime scene. And Blood Party was my first vampire movie, which was exciting for me! I played a victim of a vampire outside a party. You can watch these online here.
Favorite Overcoat (2003) unfinished
Just Winnings (2003) unfinished
When you start out acting, you often build up your resume with short and/or student films. Sometimes these films don't get finished. That's sadly the case with this pair, which I was really looking forward to seeing. Favorite Overcoat, directed by Joseph Jenkins, was a drama about the demise of a relationship due to the boyfriend's drinking problem. It involved an intense fight and emotional breakup. As a contrast, Just Winnings (originally titled Even Changes), directed by Jaime Livas, was an uplifting romantic comedy about a waitress who won the lottery only to find out the other winner was her loser ex-boyfriend. It was great to play the main character in these projects. I also had my first screen kiss in Just Winnings, and my character's name was Jane Morgan, which was also the name of the last role my favorite actress, Soledad Miranda, played before she died!
Caffeine Headache (2003)
In this sarcastic short I had a small role as a goth girl who said dark things and wrote in a journal, who later hooked up with a loser security guard out of boredom. This job came out of connections I made while working as an extra on Prison-A-Go-Go! (networking is good). This was the first finished project of mine I ever saw, and it was cool to see my work on the big screen! It showed locally and at some national film festivals as well. You can watch the film online here.
Diva Star (2002-2003)
My first major on-camera gig was on a student TV show in Allen. The writer/director/actress Diana Milena Miernik was already an experienced filmmaker at 15. I played her aunt who raises her as her dreams of acting come true, until declining in health tragically with leukemia. I won two awards for my role in Diva Star from KGLE-TV: Best Supporting Actress and Best Couple.
Murder Mysteries (2002-2003) not pictured
I was no stranger to interactive murder mystery theatre when I joined Comedy Killers, but the type I performed before was of the more serious variety (Keith & Margo's). It was fun to be working "undercover," although I did have a very close call at one event when someone from my real life recognized me and tried to break me out of character!
I worked as an extra in several projects getting my feet wet: the Japanese TV program Astonishing! News (hippie amusement park-goer), Tony Quinn's short film Mojo (customer in a bar), David Stovall's feature film The Blue Saloon (traveler in an airport), and my first job of all, Barak Epstein's women-in-prison feature Prison-A-Go-Go! (escaped prisoner), which screened at too many film festivals to mention, won many B-Movie Awards, and had a commercial DVD release. It's also on Netflix and you can watch the trailer here.
Commercial Work not pictured
Like any working actor, I did commercial and industrial work. Some of these gigs included RadioShack, ABC, Rent-A-Center, and Meritage Homes.
School and Community (1986-1998)
I've been acting since I can remember. I think the first time, actually, was a fifth-grade class production called The GiGo Effect. I also worked with the Waco Civic Theatre doing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever when I was about 10 or so. My mom and brother were also in the show! My interest in acting deepened in high school, when I had leading roles in plays such as The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon and the title role in David Mamet's The Poet and the Rent. Other plays included A Bad Year for Tomatoes, Fool's Paradise, The Curious Savage (my first, but not last, role as a mental patient), and the Holocaust drama No Fading Star, in which I played a Jewish boy hiding in a convent while preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. For this challenging role, I adopted a masculine look and learned to speak passages in Hebrew.
In college, I majored in theatre performance and also took a lot of technical theatre classes. My first year was at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where I played several roles in Mark Lord's surrealistic production of August Strindberg's A Dream Play; however, I had a high fever during the performance, so my memories are a bit blurry! I completed my degree at Texas Christian University, where I played a funny nun in Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac under the direction of George Brown (and was the French dialect coach), and played dual leading roles the gender-bending student production Breakfast Serial, in which I played a male serial killer. A certain highlight was performing in Andy Dick's Circus of Freaks, a disturbing stage show directed by and starring the controversial TV star Andy Dick. Basically the show was a medley of bizarre skits and songs, which he toured around the country. (He had numbers about drug addiction and sex, among other topics. Yes, this was performed at TCU! The opening number had us grabbing our crotches and flipping off the audience; in another skit I played a baby who wipes poo, which was chocolate pudding, all over Andy Dick. It was great fun to perform in front of such a large crowd and with a TV star.) I also forayed into directing with Djuna Barnes's The Dove. I was a founding member of New Studio Theatre, a group of students who explored avant-garde, surrealist, and Dadaist plays and writings, focusing on the theories of Antonin Artaud. We gave some memorable performances before disbanding due to artistic differences.
Despite majoring in theatre, I did not decide to pursue an acting career for several years. I finally did it because I didn't want to grow old wondering what would've happened if I had tried... now I know, and I'm glad I did try!