Amy Tipton


Amy was born in Fayetteville, GA, just outside of Atlanta. As a child, she was constantly performing. You could find her singing and dancing in front of the fireplace or out on the front porch putting on a show for the neighborhood kids. After graduation she moved to Wilmington, NC where she found her niche on the stage.

* Article  From Encore Magazine:


BLONDE AMBITION: Amy Tipton is one of many familiar faces on the local theater scene and now one of many known voices on the music scene, too.

To understand Amy Tipton, how completely humble and genuine a person can be amidst a life spent in the spotlight, the story must begin back in Fayetteville, Georgia, a small Southern town where the star was born a performer. Putting on shows for her family on the hearth of the fireplace and eventually “graduating to the front porch,” she truly caught the acting bug during her involvement with theater in high school. Since, she lived in L.A. for a while, in hot pursuit of an acting career, fighting to prove herself to all those brash casting directors, eventually finding her way back to the East Coast for a more comfortable, creative lifestyle. As I sat across from her over lunch last week, I felt an immediate connection to this beautiful, kind-hearted girl. And that’s what makes the local actress so likable: Almost anyone will feel they can relate to her, a girl who works for what she has and who still has high hopes wagered on her dreams.

“I don’t regret any of that time I spent in L.A.,” she says with a shrug, speaking of the four-year break from living in Wilmington since high-school graduation. “I realized that I didn’t need to make a living performing to enjoy doing it. In fact, it’s much more rewarding to do something you love just for sake of doing something you love. When you put all that pressure on yourself and on your ‘talent,’ it kind of squashes it and keeps you from being creative - at least it did for me. I’d rather be somewhere I love, like Wilmington, performing for people who appreciate it than somewhere that I’m always trying to prove myself and vying for strangers’ acceptance and approval.”

Back in the Port City, working as art department coordinator at Screen Gems and acting on the side, she has kept quite busy since her return. Anyone who has been to see a City Stage show in the last 10 years will recognize Amy. She’s a star in her own right no matter what role she is given, a blond-hair, brown-eyed actress with a powerful voice who is “not afraid to make an ass of [her]self.”

“The first professional play I did was at City Stage back in 2000,” she recalls over a turkey wrap and Mr. Pibb. “It was ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,’ and the most recent show was ‘Rent.’ I’d have to say I’m more confident onstage [now] and take more risks than I used to... I loved playing Kate in ‘The Wild Party’! It was the first time I’d ever dyed my hair, which is kind of silly, but it was really hard for me to do. It was great to let myself be so vulnerable onstage. Kate was raw and dark and real. It was a great experience to find the comedy in such a tragic girl.”

Other favorite acting moments included starring in “Rent” - “I still can’t believe I can say that I have acted in an adaptation of that show!” she gushes - and the overall hilarity of everyday rehearsal and performances for “Trailer Park” and “Rocky Horror.” “There have been so many incredible moments, and they’ve all meant different things to me... I remember being onstage [once] and watching a lady burry her face in her hands; she was in tears. My heart literally ached for her. Then I remember sitting backstage and thinking of how cool the whole thing was: My performance affected her, and her reaction then affected me. It was pretty great.”All the hours spent in rehearsal come to fruition during such moments - all the missed cookouts, dinners and dates with friends.

From her teenage years through adulthood, her love for the stage has yet to abate. “There is an energy and spark that you cannot recreate,” she observes. “When you go to the cinema, there are so many distractions with special-effects and camera angles - you see what the director wants you to see, and there are do-overs and editing. Not in theatre; it’s raw and intense. You have live performances, live music, live mistakes - it’s wonderful for an audience member, as well as for the cast and crew. You learn to work together as a team, to trust each other and to think on your feet. If you tell a joke, people laugh (hopefully). If you break down in a dramatic piece, people cry (again, hopefully). As a performer, nothing beats the immediate response.”

Obviously, for Amy it’s not as much about the limelight as the people. The performance of which she is most proud was in “The Playground,” a play she did back in L.A., which now has evolved into an entire movement called “Spare Some Change.” It is devoted to raising awareness about homeless children in America. “I loved it because it was actually for a cause,” she reflects. “It took a long time to realize that success is not measured in money but in happiness. My ultimate dream now is to keep performing and hopefully to keep inspiring people.”

Inspiration seems to follow wherever she goes, not unlike her most recent venture in singing and songwriting. “My new hot passion is writing music,” she says with a big grin. “They range from love songs, to making fun of love songs, to looking for your place in life, to drinking whiskey - you know, a nice mix of stuff.” With her theater experience rooted almost entirely in musicals, Amy’s natural singing ability and new endeavor to learn the guitar has led to performing at open mics around town and even to recording a song up in New York. “I just released ‘Patiently,’ [which] I wrote for our troops and their families,” she shares enthusiastically. “The feedback I have gotten is incredible. Some of the military wives have sent me e-mails, tons of them, and I swear I get so emotional when I read them. I wrote the song to try and speak to people, but I never could have imagined that what I had to say would mean so much to so many. It is very humbling and awe-inspiring. The most touching is not that they think the song is pretty or my voice is lovely, it’s when they tell you that you have put into words what they couldn’t say. I mean, really? You can’t beat that!”

On the horizon for Amy’s impeccable talent - aside from the fact that “Patiently,” recently became available on iTunes - is the hopeful opportunity to actually play it live for troops in Iraq. But first she plans on filming its music video, involving real military and their families.

“I would love for this to become a sort of movement, too,” she says, “to recognize these family members back home who stand by their loved ones. I am just so proud of that song. If I only ever record just one, I will be so happy with that.”


Life is a Stage

Amy was born in Fayetteville, GA, just outside of Atlanta. She has performed in numerous productions (stage, film and television) in Wilmington, NC as well as Los Angeles, CA.