Amanda Parris is a writer and host of  CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, The Filmmakers and From the Vaults on CBC Television and Marvin’s Room on CBC Radio.  She also writes a weekly column for CBC Arts.

The Playwright and Actor

Amanda’s theatre plays have been staged at festivals such as rock paper sistahz, The Piece of Mine Festival, The Festival of Original Theatre and the De Colores Festival and have been awarded grants and bursaries by The Michaelle Jean Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. She completed a playwriting residency with Alameda Theatre for her one-woman play 32C and was the 2016 Playwright in Residence at Cahoots Theatre. In the fall of 2017, Cahoots Theatre in partnership with Obsidian Theatre co-produced the world premiere of her critically acclaimed play Other Side of the Game.

As a theatre actor, Amanda’s credits include the 2015 workshop of I Cannot Lie to the Stars that Made Me, the 2014 and 2012 productions of Aneeemah’s Spot and the 2011 production of The Whores. She has studied acting with The Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Theatre as well as Theatre Ontario, b current and York University.

The Educator

Alongside Natasha Daniel, Amanda is the co-founder of the multi-award winning alternative education organization Lost Lyrics. Through Lost Lyrics she co-created a number of programs within and outside of the school system based on a critical pedagogy that utilizes arts-based engagement and worked with thousands of young people across the world. Amanda also worked for a number of years first as the Outreach and Community Partnerships Coordinator and later as the Managing Director at the internationally renowned arts incubator The Remix Project. Her facilitation skills have led to hundreds of invitations to moderate panels and conduct workshops at schools, community centers, corporations and conferences around the world including the  CBC  Development Workshop Series  for Diverse Content Creators and the Navig8 leadership program through the Dufferin-Catholic District School Board. Her curriculum work was published in the 2014 book Rhymes to Re-Education, the first Hip Hop Education resource guide created by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The Scholar

Recipient of the William Waters Scholarship and the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, in 2015, Amanda completed her M.A. Degree in Sociology of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  After receiving the Michael Smith Foreign Study Bursary Amanda lived in New York City conducting thesis research as a Visiting Scholar at New York University under the host supervision of Dr. Pedro Noguera. Her academic essay ‘Document it Before we Forget.’ A Conversation with African-Canadian Female Artists on the Canadian Black Arts Movement was published in 2015 in the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Journal Our Schools/Our Selves. In 2015 she worked at Environics Research Institute on The Black Experience Project research study as the supervisor of field researchers, coordinator of social media and editor of The Black Experience Project Blog.

Additional Projects

Amanda is the founder of the critically acclaimed multi-arts collective T-Dot Renaissance. In 2011, she brought together over 22 artists across a variety of mediums to produce the multi-arts installation Diasporic Journeys.  Also in 2011, she was invited to be the Artistic Director of Wombmanifesto, the first ever celebration of women and trans people in Hip Hop culture at the Manifesto Festival. In 2015, Amanda helped to produce the Scratch and Mix Project an ancillary event for the Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This project enabled 13 young Black visual artists from across Ontario to showcase their work for 4 months at the AGO. Amanda also created The Ride or Die Project, a multi-platform initiative that traversed the fields of theatre, fashion and blogging to produce creative content inspired by the stories of women who live by a ride-or-die philosophy.

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4 responses to “About

  1. you do important, beautiful, intense, mind-numbing (but important – did i mention that?) work. the world is better because you ARE HERE amanda. keep going. keep growing.


  2. Liah

    I don’t even know you, but I identify with you so much. I first caught wind of you in the Shadesim docu and was impressed by all the ladies. There aren’t alot women in the media that I identify with (besides Ananda Lewis and Tracee’s character Joan Clayton) and I want you to know you have a fan in Philly.

  3. Pingback: Educating & Inspiring Through The Arts | Toronto Is Awesome

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