E 11: Amanda Parris

“My Mom Reminds Me To Be Patient With People That Have Not Had The Same Privileges As Me”Amanda Parris

Amanda Parris is the host of CBC Arts’ weekly TV and online series, Exhibitionists, and CBC Radio 2’s Marvin’s Room. Parris is an educator, accomplished actor and playwright. Descended from Grenadian and Venezuelan ancestry, Parris was born in London, England and raised on the south side of Jane Street in Toronto. Her plays have been staged at numerous theatre festivals in Canada and internationally.

Over the course of her career, Parris has worked at The Remix Project and she is the co-founder of the alternative education organization Lost Lyrics. Most recently, she created The Ride or Die Project, a multi-platform initiative that produces creative content inspired by women supporting loved ones who are incarcerated. Parris studied theatre at The Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Theatre, Theatre Ontario, b current and York University and recently completed her M.A. degree in the Sociology of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her curriculum work was published in Rhymes to Re-Education, the first-ever Hip Hop education resource guide, created by the Ontario Ministry of Education. She is also a weekly columnist for CBC Arts.

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Some questions I asked:

  • What does creativity mean to you?
  • Why are your projects Creative?
  • When did you add creativity to a project and it made a massive difference?
  • What was her first job?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up?
  • What’s her favourite colour?

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • Her Influences from York University
  • How she translated a university level course for 11 yr olds
  • How her husband influences her work at CBC Radio
  • Her hopes for R&B in Canada
  • The time she worked in a call centre
  • How a family member almost destroyer her dream of being a writer
  • Auntie Oprah and Uncle Denzel
  • The time she ignored the Queen of England
  • How the culture of resistance got created in the Americas

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