Born and raised in Lake Tahoe Nevada, Amelia Gotham was an avid skier/snowboarder. Her first experience in the theater began when she was eight years old with the Missoula Children’s Theater Company. She started dance training with the Tahoe Players Dance Academy studying ballet and jazz which became a personal love of hers. In her spare time, she choreographed several dances with her longtime friend and dancer Danielle Pearson. At the age of 16 she was selected to perform with The Foothill Theater Company in their rendition of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. It was through this experience working with professional actors that she decided to pursue a career in the arts. After being seen in the production, she was asked to join the Proscenium Players Company in the role of Helena in, A Midsummer Nights Dream. She went on to play several roles for the company and, at 17, began her directorial debut in her interpretation of the classic production, Arsenic and Old Lace. She also designed both the set and costumes. The show went on to sell out all but one show, making it a roaring success for the company.
At 17 years old she auditioned for the prestigious Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in central California. She was accepted and began her intensive training in Shakespeare, Shaw, Chekhov, Stanislavski, improv, movement, voice and speech, dance, and theater history among others. This company’s students could work alongside their teachers in professional theatrical productions while they studied. Amelia was fortunate to be a part of shows such as, Seussical the Musical, and The Chalk Circle, and to be an understudy for Nurse Preen in, The Man Who Came To Dinner. She was also fortunate enough to work on a couple of productions as a costume assistant, furthering her education in multiple areas of theater production. Upon graduating she moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming a part of the entertainment industry. Within days she was booked on a commercial and flown to Denver, Colorado to shoot it. Amelia went on to become a model for Soho fashion as well as several other campaigns such as Fluxus Clothing Company. During this time she attended the Academy of Art University’s online program for photography. This led her to start her own company, Gotham Studios Photography, which continues to thrive today.
She joined a theater company called Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group and began acting in several productions consecutively over the next few years. As respect grew for her within the company, she was allowed the responsibility of directing and producing shows. The last of which she wrote, directed and designed lighting and sound for. Through this company she was seen by several filmmakers that asked her to be part of their projects. She was also recommended by a fellow actor to star in The Visceral Company’s production of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. This production went on to win best direction by Dan Spurgen as well as best performance for Amelia and her costar Nich Kauffman for the 2013 LA Weekly Theater Awards. Through that company she was recommended to audition for another role in the premiere of Sherlock Through The Looking Glass for The Porter’s of Hellsgate. As well as acting, she also created 12 hand crafted Victorian-style masks in the theme of Alice and Wonderland for the production. Her performance led her to win Best Featured Actress in a Drama for Stage Scene LA. Currently, Amelia is studying voice over with her counterpart Jamie Mortellaro.
She has voiced characters in video games such as Disneyland Adventures for Kinect, Final Fantasy XIIII as well as the voice of Mipha in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. She continues to study acting through workshops with Act Now and is in the process of publishing a book of poetry and photography. Shifting gears from the theater to film, she continues to study and create on a daily basis, ever searching to reach more people through the arts.