Following an artistic residency with d’bi young’s YEMOYA program, Amanda began the writing of the biomyth monodrama 32C which was workshopped to rave reviews at the 2010 word! sound! powah! festival and the 2011 Festival of Original Theatre. 32C is currently being developed once again through her acceptance into Alameda Theatre Company’s De Colores Festival. As part of her coordination of The Ride or Die Project, Amanda is also the writer of the research-informed theatre play Other Side of the Game which has received support for it’s development through The Michaelle Jean Foundation and Ontario Arts Council. Recently having completed training at Theatre Ontario and The Lee Strasberg Institute for Film and Theatre, Amanda’s exploration of the stage as a performance artist is widely expanding. Select stage roles include Sam in The Whores (Vday Productions, 2011) and Aneemah in Aneemah’s Spot (Summerworks, 2012 and TD Then & Now, 2014) .
Recipient of the William Waters Scholarship and the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Amanda is in the second year of her M.A. Degree in the Sociology of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. After receiving both the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Michael Smith Foreign Study Bursary Amanda is currently conducting her thesis research at New York University under the host supervision of Dr. Pedro Noguera.
“I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my eyes, my ears, my noseholes – everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m gong to go out like a fucking meteor!’’
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