Amanda is a versatile Director and Creative Producer.
Amanda studied performing arts, visual arts and creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, alongside spending essential time learning from and contributing to a range of Black and working class communities particularly from the North of England. Through her work she examines collective histories in relation to social sciences and human behaviours which produces a bold and innovative practice with a nod to the historical and relevant.
From 2009-2014, Amanda served as Co-Artistic Director of Hidden Gems with Marcia Layne. Together they enjoyed five years of touring Black British stories across the U.K.
Her Freelance Directorial work has toured to London, Edinburgh, Canada and the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, USA. An experienced leader and mentor in the Cultural sector she is currently serving as Chair of RJC Dance (Reggae, Jazz, Contemporary Dance) based in the heart of Chapeltown, Leeds and the communities it serves as well as a Committee Member of Huddersfield Literature Festival. She has also served as a Chair of Governors at Birkby Junior School a multicultural Community Primary school in Huddersfield and Trustee of Lawrence Batley Theatre. Amanda was an inaugural Changemaker in 2017 -2019 and served as a member of the Senior Management team at Hull Truck Theatre in Yorkshire and the Humberside.
She served as the CEO and Artistic Director of Eclipse for a year which celebrated its tenth and most unusual year in 2020.
She is a Creative Director at Vanitas Arts working in development with immersive Digital Storytelling with a diverse range of lived life experiences to be told. Together from Vanitas Arts and in development and funding from XR Stories the Executive team have led research and practice into immersive digital storytelling.
Bread and Roses, Written by Ian Kershaw, Oldham Coliseum, 2018