ABOUT

Amanda Sum (she/her) is a performer and creator who dances between theatre and
music. She is based in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and
Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


As an actor, Amanda’s recent credits include The Wolves (With A Spoon/Rumble/Pacific),
Chicken Girl (rice&beans), 2 seasons of the East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement), and do you
want what i have got? a craigslist cantata
(The Cultch).


Amanda has collaborated on many interdisciplinary theatre based works, which have brought her
to perform at On The Boards (Seattle), and the Fury Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised
Theatre (San Francisco). Past devised works include Other Inland Empires (Swim Club), New
Societies
and Champion (re:current theatre), and Double Happiness: Detour This Way (Nancy
Tam & Robyn Jacob/Music on Main/plastic orchid factory/Neworld Theatre). Amanda holds a
BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University.


As a musician, Amanda's writing floats on top of the indie-pop genre, sometimes dipping into
jazz or visiting alternative folk. She was one of the 10 selected acts to perform in the Mainland
Concert Series, hosted by Side Door Access and Rogers. Her debut single and music video,
Groupthink, was released in September 2020. She just released her new single and music video, Hot Headed Egos, this May. Amanda is currently developing her debut full-length record. She aims to champion other under-represented artists in her music work. All her sound recordings were made with an all-female production and engineering team, and feature an all-Asian female band. Music recording collaborators include Emily Millard, Olivia Quan, Jamie Lee, Mary Ancheta, Cindy Kao, Shin-Jung Nam, Ginger Chen, and Elisa Pangsaeng.

 

Original works of Amanda’s include New Band, a 10 minute solo clown piece using a loop pedal
and toy instruments, made for Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert, a “pop-up book performance and concert in construction paper form”, made for Theatre Replacement and Company 605's PushOFF Festival. Amanda is Theatre Replacement's current COLLIDER Artist in Residence. She is also currently developing a dance short film with Justin Calvadores for the 2021 FORM Festival.

 

Amanda dips between disciplines, and values collective opportunities, chortling laughter, matching outfits, rhythm and rigour across all mediums she works with.

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Photo by Savannah Wheaton