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OHS Grad Starring in Comedy Pilot Produced by NBC

Sep 01, 2015 06:53AM ● By Steven Jack

Oswego High School graduate Amanda Drinkall is one of the stars of Bobby & Iza — a comedy pilot produced by NBC. (Photo courtesy of ScreenCap)

Oswego High School graduate Amanda Drinkall is making quite a name for herself in the Chicago theater scene. 

The list of her credits includes roles at Goodman, Victory Gardens and Strawdog theaters just to name a few. Her latest project, though, is one that could land her a shot at starring in a comedy produced by NBC.

Drinkall is one of the stars of Bobby & Iza — a pilot that is one of five nationwide competing in an online voter-driven NBC Playground contest that wraps up later this week. The winner will go on to have their show picked up as a full-length web series for NBC Digital.


Bobby & Iza tells the story of a struggling Chicago actor trying to scrape up enough money to marry his fiancee. Drinkall said she got involved in the project after an audition notice from her agent. As it turns out, though, one of the show's creators, Bobby Richards, had already been considering Drinkall for the role. 

"It just happened to work out. I found out later, though, that Bobby had seen me at the casting office randomly one day, and he remembered me from some video work he'd done for a few plays I'd been in. Then he asked the casting folks to bring me in to audition for Bobby & Iza."

While at OHS Drinkall was involved in drama club, speech team, choir, and band. After graduating in 2003, she went on to the University of Illinois where she was studied in the Theater Department. 

After graduating from U of I, Drinkall moved back to Chicago in 2008, and has devoted her career to the theater. One of her biggest roles came last year in the Goodman Theatre production of Venus in Fur in which Chicago Tribune theater Chris Jones called Drinkall "one of Chicago's brightest rising stars and an actress of formidable range."

Apart from her long list of Chicago credits, Drinkall has spent summers in Michigan and North Carolina appearing in Shakespeare productions. It's Chicago, though, where she intends to continue her acting work while keeping her day job at a Trader Joe's grocery store on the city's north side.

"I really love the theatre community in Chicago, so I plan on making it my home base," Drinkall said.