Amanda Huxtable – Director – Writer - Script Doctor – Mentor
Amanda has over 25 years of Creative practice experience in theatre and screen development. She works closely with individuals and teams to tell stories for and with under-served communities,they are at the forefront of planning and productions made.
Amanda is Co- Director at Vanitas Arts with Shirley Harris, working in development the team are leading research and practice into immersive digital storytelling from a diverse range of lived life experiences.
She serves various communities based in the north and across the UK through her leadership roles as the Chair of RJC Dance (Reggae, Jazz, Contemporary) based in the heart of Chapeltown, Leeds. She has served for some time as Committee Member of Huddersfield Literature Festival. She is a Board Member of the Huddersfield Media Centre, founding Committee Member of the Theatre Touring Anti Racist Rider, Committee Member of Inc Arts UK champions of Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts.
In 2020 Amanda led as the CEO and Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre a Black Led Touring Theatre Company based in Leeds. In 2017-2019 Amanda served as an Associate Artist and member of the Senior Management team at Hull Truck Theatre in Yorkshire and the Humberside.
Amanda trained at Manchester Metropolitan University with a combined arts foundation degree in Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Creative Writing followed by studying Communications and Cultural Studies at The University of Leeds and The British Isles and the Modern World 1789-1914 The Open University.
She has championed for the diversification of the cultural sector all her professional life. The work continues.
Amanda's Freelance Directorial work has toured to London, Edinburgh, Canada and the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, USA.
Theatre Credits Pending; I leave you love by Anita Franklin (In development with Vanitas Arts.)
RecentTheatre Credits;Everything I own by Daniel Ward, Hull Truck Theatre,Unknown by Leanna Benjamin, Leeds Playhouse, Hilda and the Northern Powerhouse (Kate Hainsworth & Camille Hainsworth – Staples,), Abigail’s Party (Hull Truck Theatre), Bread and Roses by Ian Kershaw (Oldham Coliseum), Wondr by Poppy Burton- Morgan (Metta Theatre, Edinburgh Festival), Just an Ordinary Lawyer? (Tayo Aluko), Ladies of Situations, (Seni Seneviratne and Vanitas Arts), Bag Lady by Marcia Layne (Hidden Gems). Television; Casting consultant for ITV Studios Coronation Streets – The Bailey’s. Shadow Trainee Director on Emmerdale.
Mentor Clients - 2022 Artist on Manchester Jazz Festival 2022 Showcase West Of England Creative Growth Network Recipients of Arts Council England Developing your Creative Practice Award