Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Amaka’s passion for performance has led her to create a base in Toronto. A recent summer graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, she aspires to continuing her education, creating art that packs a punch, doing her part to heal our world and just having fun with it! She is immensely grateful for this opportunity to honour a story that literally hits home. She also enjoys hugs, writes poetry, and plays the ukulele.
Selected credits: Apprentice Designer for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Outside the March); Dynamite in Hairspray, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Lower Ossington Theatre); Marianne Bachmeier et al in This is for You, Anna: A Spectacle of Revenge, Ariel in The Tempest (Hart House Theatre); Narrator in Into the Woods, George W. Bush in Stuff Happens (Randolph Academy); Member of Casa de Naz (Calgary, AB).
Amanda is delighted to be a part of this year's Toronto Fringe Festival co-starring in All Our Yesterdays. She spent the last year writing and developing her one woman show Pon Broadway under the coaching of Tracey Erin smith, Soulo Theatre. She recently performed it in The Toronto Storytelling Festival as apart of Wanda Carroll's production A World of Stories. She completed her acting training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, New York. She also completed a year of Theatre Performance Arts Studies at Humber College. She has trained with world renowned master coach Larry Moss and is currently studying to deepen her classical training with Kevin Hammond at Humber River Shakespeare.
Selected Theatre Credits Include: Pon Broadway (one woman show), Soundclash (Upfront Theatre), Showdown (Mixed Company Theatre), How Can You Tell (Mixed Company Theatre), Jane Mallet Tribute (Jane Mallet Theatre), Cabaret (Marilyn Monroe Theatre), To be a Black Man in America (Ujaama Black Theatre) and Helen of Troy in The Odyssey.
Film & TV Credits: Exes & Ohs (Showcase Television), Crash & Burn (Showcase Television), Eureka (Sci-Fi Channel), Plantation, The Price of Acorn, The Sour & The Sweet, The Human Abstract
Written and directed by Chloé Hung
Produced by Rick Bartram
Stage managed by Elizabeth Wilson
Starring Chiamaka Umeh and Amanda Weise
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Awarded Patron's Pick! from The 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival
NNNNN (5/5) from NOW Magazine: "A surprise Fringe treasure"
A rating from MyEntertainmentWorld: "Hung’s play fearlessly confronts and provokes questions about race and gender, about who we value and why"
Mooney on Theatre: "All Our Yesterdays is a must-see"
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When eighteen-year-old Ladi and her younger sister, Hasana, are kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram, they must work together to survive. While Hasana’s Asperger’s colours her understanding differently from her sister’s, Ladi must face her own demons including the burden of responsibility and the folly of her selfishness.
Toronto Fringe Festival July 1st - July 12th, 2015
Venue: Factory Studio Theatre (125 Bathurst Street)
Duration: 60 minutes
The first two performances were a fundraiser for Plan Canada's Because I Am A Girl campaign.
Our production was made possible in part by the Toronto Fringe Festival's Cultural Diversity Artists Program.
All Our Yesterdays
PATRON'S PICK 2015
NNNNN 5/5 from NOW magazine!
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