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About Amanda

Amanda graduated in 1983 from the University of Bristol with a BA Hons in Drama and French.

For the next few years she worked as a performer, singing, dancing and acting throughout Wales, England and Canada in community theatre, music theatre and straight theatre companies.

During this time she also began facilitating drama/movement and singing sessions with young people in a wide variety of settings, including some for those with special needs.

In 1994 Amanda undertook a PGCE in Early Years Education to enhance her work with young people and for several years was based in schools as an early years teacher (Nursery/Reception and Year1) and later as a Music Coordinator in a special school and peripatetic singing teacher for the Brent Music Service.

Now settled in the North East, Amanda has been working most recently in Durham schools as a Drama/Dance Facilitator on the Arts Council’s pioneering “Cultural Hubs” Project both for Seven Stories and Dance City. She also runs the Heaton community-based young peoples’ drama group ‘Sit ‘n’ Fidget.

Amanda continues to perform and was involved in the “Green Go” project last year at Dance City in a piece created by the Norwegian choreographer Ingri Fiksdal. She has recently recorded several songs with her husband, the composer and saxophonist Tim Garland.

Tim Garland