A Georgia peach, Amber Iman was born to William and Margo, their only and most fabulous child! From an early age, Amber was active in the arts as well as her community at large, enjoying her life as a girl scout, church youth leader, fine jewelry designer, snow globe collector, avid swimmer, and lover of advanced literature, like The Baby-sitters Club and Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Amber attended North Springs High School, participating in the Arts & Sciences Magnet program. Exceptional PSAT scores earned her a spot as a National Achievement Scholarship Finalist, which garnered her a full scholarship to Howard University in Washington, D.C.

At Howard, Amber was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women and D.I.V.A. Incorporated, a Society for Women in the Arts. She also studied at NYU’s CAP 21 Summer Professional Musical Theatre Program. While in school, Amber won Owen Dodson “Weenie” Awards for Outstanding Development as an Actress & Vocalist, and the Mike Malone Triple Threat Award. 

After graduating magna cum laude, with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Amber returned to Georgia. While in Atlanta, her performances included Woman #1 in “The Colored Museum”, Lady in Orange in “For Colored Girls….”, and Erzulie in “Once on this Island”. She was nominated for an IRNE for Best Supporting Actress as “Cheryl” in Stick Fly (Arena Stage/Huntington Theatre). 

After checking everything off of her list of “Things-To-Do in Atlanta”, except for saving money, Amber was ready for New York! Off-Broadway, she played “Mrs. Jefferson/Seasons of Love Soloist” in RENT (New World Stages), and “Hannah” in “A Civil War Christmas” (NY Theatre Workshop). 

Amber made her Broadway debut as the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, in Soul Doctor, earning rave reviews and a nomination for the prestigious Clive Barnes Award. She then tackled the role of ‘Aldonza’ in Man of la Mancha at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, receiving the Emery Battis Award for Acting Excellence & a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. In Spring of 2016, Amber returned to Broadway in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The show, nominated for 10 Tony Awards, was written and directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover, and boasted an all-star cast of Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Joshua Henry, and Brandon Victor Dixon. Marking her first national tour, Amber played ‘Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds’ with the 11-time Tony Award winning smash hit Hamilton. She had a blast as ‘Cheryl’ in the star-studded, limited run of Little Shop of Horrors at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. In February, she starred in Witness Uganda as ‘Joy’ at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Most recently, Amber made her Two River Theatre Company debut as Luna C in “Oo-Bla-Dee”, by Golden Globe Winner Regina Taylor, and directed by 2x TONY Award winner, Ruben Santaigo-Hudson.

She made her television debut as ‘Shay’ in the hit HBO show, High Maintenance.

She is a proud founding member of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. 

Amber recently wrote, executive produced, and starred in her first, award-winning short film, Steve. To date, Steve has won Best Comedy Short at the Summer in the South Film Festival (Atlanta), and Best Actress at the Silver State Film Festival (Las Vegas).

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Photo: Joanna DeGeneres

Photo: Joanna DeGeneres