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Self-Advocate Blog: Amy’s Acting Career

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My name is Amy Jo Piedade. I live in North Mankato, MN. I am an actor in Aktion Club Theatre of Mankato. I have been a member since the beginning in 2006. I have had 2 large acting parts and I was an officer.

I played Ava, the Forest Queen in Soph and the Nana and Mermaid, Circus Member in Circus Metamorphosis.

Amy Jo Piedade, an actor and self advocate from Mankato, MNI have been in every play that Aktion Club Theatre has done. I love being in plays because I love to sing, and no one judges you. When I was in High School, I was told I couldn’t be in plays because they said I couldn’t act and because of my size. People judged me before they even knew me and what my talents were. I love Aktion Club Theatre because no one judges you. We all care about each other like a family no matter who you are.

I love to sing, act, and wear beautiful costumes in the plays. I wrote a poem about the Cookie Monster in Aktion Club Theatre. We have a Poet’s Club. I was the President and Vice-President of Aktion Club Theatre. I am also a member of People First of Mankato and Different Drummer Dance Club in Mankato. I am the President of People First of Mankato.

I have been really involved in the Special Olympics. I have done swimming, bocce ball, bowling, basketball, volleyball, softball, and unified bowling. I have tons of ribbons and medals.

I am part of Advocating Change Togethers’ 2020 Olmstead Academy. Our virtual project is to be part of Kiwanis Meetings in Mankato. I have met lots of friends at the academy and at Kiwanis.

I have 2 dogs and one cat. I have been dating my boyfriend for 14 years. His name is Nate. I am really good at coloring and I love to draw. Coloring relaxes me.