Bio

By day, Amanda Parris is a television and radio host for the CBC and writes a weekly column on Black art and culture. 
By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen.
In 2019, her play Other Side of the Game was awarded the Governor General Literary Award for Drama. Co-produced by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre Company in 2017, it was published by Playwrights Canada Press in May 2019 and is now taught in numerous high school and university classrooms.
Since its premiere in 2015, Amanda has been the host of the Gabriel Award winning series, CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, the only show on television dedicated to telling stories about Canadian artists across all mediums.
In 2016 she became the creator and host of Marvin’s Room on CBC Music, the only national radio show dedicated to playing Canadian and international R&B.
In 2018 she joined Johanna Schneller as the co-host of The Filmmakers for a Canadian Screen Award winning second season dedicated to Canadian female filmmakers.
In the same year she joined Tom Power as co-host of From the Vaults, a docu-series that used CBC archival footage to revive forgotten stories in music history.
In 2020 Amanda launched Black Light, a weekly column for CBC Arts that showcases, explores and critically engages art and popular culture created by Black people.
Over the years Amanda has become a much sought after moderator and interviewer, known for her compelling long-form conversations with some of the most innovative cultural leaders of our time including Spike Lee, Roxane Gay, Mimi Valdes, Wesley Morris, Gillian Flynn, Angie Thomas, Melina Matsoukas, Halle Berry, Amandla Stenberg, Esi Edugyan, Mahershala Ali, Tuma Basa, Lena Waithe, Philip Akin, and Samantha Bee.
In her past lives Amanda has worn a variety of hats, working as an educator, a researcher, an actor and a community organizer. She is the co-founder of the award-winning alternative education organization Lost Lyrics, and worked for many years with The Remix Project and the Manifesto Festival.
Amanda is a frequently requested speaker and panelist who has delivered keynotes at numerous summits and festivals, including U.N. Habitat conferences in Durban and Naples. 
She completed her Honours B.A. degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies at York University and her M.A. degree in Sociology of Education at the University of Toronto. During her schooling, Amanda was the recipient of numerous scholarships including the 2007 Women’s Studies Book Prize,  the 2012 William Waters Scholarship in Urban Education and the 2013 Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 
Amanda was a playwright in residence at Cahoots Theatre and Alameda Theatre and studied writing and acting at b current, anitafrika dub theatre and The Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Theatre. 
In 2014 she was named one of Grenada’s Top 40 individuals under the age of 40 and in 2018 she was named one of Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women by Post-City, a Local Hero of Toronto Film by Now Magazine and the African Heritage Educators Network (AHEN) named their 2018 Student Arts Award after her. In 2019 she received the Rising Star Award from AfroGlobal Television.