Speaker Profiles

Amanda Parris

Amanda Parris

By day, Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts, hosts three CBC television series (CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS, THE FILMMAKERS and FROM THE VAULTS), and is the radio host of MARVIN’S ROOM on CBC Music.

By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen. Her play Other Side of the Game was co-produced by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre Company in 2017 and was published by Playwrights Canada Press in May 2019.

In Amanda’s past lives she was an educator who wrote arts-based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of opening an alternative school that Blue Ivy Carter would attend. Over the course of her career, 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 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.

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