cakeface is the brainchild of New York City-based writer, director, choreographer and performing artist, Amanda Szeglowski. Amanda is a 2020 Bessie Honoree for "Outstanding Production" for her latest premiere, this is now, and now, and now. She is a recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation's Women Playwrights Commissioning program, and was a HERE Resident Artist from 2014-17. Amanda launched her all-womxn company, cakeface, in 2008. Culturebot described cakeface as “a group of fierce, funny, talented women," and later offered, “Think Monica Bill Barnes for the Amy Schumer Generation.” The company’s projects thread together intricate choreography and original, abstract scripts, contemplating the uncomfortable through the use of grim themes and an inherently wry female wit. “Szeglowski’s cast members, for their part, are nothing but talented, and are capable of getting into the minds of their audience with bitterly truthful life stories. Even better, they make you laugh along the way.” – The Village Voice
cakeface has been presented by HERE, Ars Nova, JACK, En Garde Arts, Dance Place (DC), Stony Brook University, and many others. With her company, Amanda has taught master classes at the University of Maryland, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, and Blake School for the Arts, and lectured at the University of South Florida. Her recent premiere, Stairway to Stardom, was deemed “vastly entertaining and ridiculously clever” (This Week in NY) and received 4 stars and a critics’ pick by Time Out New York.
photo by Tom Kramer