Since graduating from Central School of Speech & Drama’s BA Acting course in 2003 Amanda has worked regularly as an actor, workshop leader, audio describer and practitioner. Amanda has been a Visiting Lecturer at Central since 2005. In 2011, Amanda became a freelance practitioner for The Orange Tree Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Since 2004, Amanda has been working as a facilitator and training leader for Chinwag Theatre, who specialise in using drama to facilitate change. With Chinwag Amanda has worked with a variety of clients including The Pan Disability Panel, student doctors at Kings College, London and vulnerable adults & young people as part of the Family Intervention Project (FIP).
In 2005, Amanda was one of 20 actors picked by a panel of judges (which included Old Vic Artistic Director, Kevin Spacey) during a nationwide search of thousands of young actors, writers, directors and producers to take part in the launch of ‘Old Vic/New Voices: 24 Hour Plays’. She remains a member of the Old Vic/New Voices company.
In 2009, Amanda joined Central’s School of Professional and Community Development as an Innovation Officer. Using the drama techniques employed when training actors, Amanda develops and delivers innovative business skills training. Training clients include Business Link, Shaw Trust, CENTA Business Services, Brent Business Venture, Woking Asian Business Forum (WABF) and London Buses.
She also teaches on the adult evening courses, the Saturday Youth Theatre and a variety of Summer School courses at Central. In 2008 she was made the Artistic Director of Central’s Jack Petchey Youth Theatre and was also Project Manager on the Office of Fair Access Courses (OFFA) taking place at Central in Summer 2008. Since 2010, Amanda has been invited as a guest speaker to deliver lectures to students at Orleans House, Twickenham as part of their 'Careers in the Arts' events.
Amanda writes, records/ performs audio descriptions for blind or visually impaired patrons on behalf of Soho Theatre and several ATG theatre incl. Aylesbury Waterside, Milton Keynes, Theatre Royal Norwich and for TV / film clients incl. ITV, Flextech, MTV, Sony Pictures and Independent. Amanda has also achieved her Level 1 and Level 2 British Sign Language (BSL) Qualification and will be starting BSL NVQ3 in September 2011.
Amanda has a number of private one-to-one clients for whom she delivers acting coaching sessions, audition technique classes and communication skills coaching.
Amanda is an actor / writer for the Squat Collective, a theatre company that create site-specific, immersive performances inspired by abandoned or forgotten spaces in London.
Amanda is founder and director of Bridge Arts & Culture education and training company. Passionate about making the Arts accessible for all, Amanda created Bridge Arts & Culture in 2011 in order to address a gap in the industry. As Bridge Arts & Culture's reputation spreads, the company is growing from strength to strength.