Amanda Roberts


RC   1973 - '75

In my late thirties, after fifteen years of being an ingenue, I "retired" from acting.  I was ready to make the change, but believed that I would never have another career that meant as much. 
I spent six years at Showtime Networks, Inc, where, nurtured, encouraged and mentored by my boss, Nora Ryan, I learned everything I know about being an executive secretary.

Then, unexpectedly, I was blessed with the opportunity to be the Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, The Rev. Dr. Thomas K. Tewell.  For over ten years this work filled my soul as deeply as being onstage had thrilled my heart.  I continue to feel blessed to have been a part of that ministry.

Following a devastating two years of unemployment (at age 59!) during the post 2008 recession, I managed to secure a position as administrative assistant to the Headmaster at Salisbury School in Connecticut.  It was a good job, and it's a wonderful school, but (as I think my boss would probably agree) my heart just wasn't in it.

So after four years there, I am now retired and living happily ever after!

Throughout my second career,  I kept a toe on stage by doing staged readings.  They still thrill my heart but always leave me yearning for more.

Recently, I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with the Rehearsal Club Writers' Committee on editing our individual stories and compiling them into our book, tentatively titled Cinderellas of West 53rd Street and currently represented by Curtis Brown Books.

A constant throughout the transitions in my life has been involvement with a church - Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in NYC, Salisbury Congregational in CT, and now, First Presbyterian in Clarks Summit PA.  And, of course, my family.  For many  years, my mother, and now my sister, two nieces, nephew-in-law, and a great-niece and great-nephew.  So very much to be grateful for.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose............."