Amanda Testini (she/her) is a performer, choreographer and director based on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She has worked for the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, the Cultch, Theatre Replacement, the Firehall, Vancouver Opera, the Belfry, Opera Kelowna, the Gateway, Savage Society, VACT, Carousel Theatre, shameless hussy productions, Electric Theatre Company and Axis Theatre.
Career highlights include: touring Canada playing lead role ‘Justin Chambers’ in Love Bomb (shameless hussy productions), assistant choreographing Onegin for their Western Canada Tour (Arts Club/Belfry), choreographing Timon of Athens at Bard on the Beach, East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz and Pinocchio (Theatre Replacement), assistant directing La Cenerentola and Barber of Seville at Vancouver Opera and playing 'Lydia Wickham' in Miss: Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Arts Club. As the pandemic hit, Amanda was the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Stage Director at Vancouver Opera where she was directing The Garden of Alice, and gearing up to be the associate choreographer on Another Brick in the Wall, both of which were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. During the pandemic, she choreographed the live-streamed do you want what i’ve got: a craigslist cantata with the Cultch, and Panto Come Home! for Theatre Replacement and the Cultch. Most recently, she was the movement consultant (fondly known as "pony associate") on the workshop of You Used to Call Me Marie... produced by Savage Society, at the Caravan Farm Theatre.
Currently, Amanda is a Research Assistant at Boca Del Lupo's NetZero Project on Granville Island.
Amanda is a Jessie Award nominee, and a graduate of both the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts Triple Threat Program and Studio 58's Acting Program.
What's going on!
Recent and Upcoming Projects
January - June 2022
Vancouver Opera YAP Stage Director
Amanda is beginning her second season as Vancouver Opera's Young Artist Stage Director. She is thrilled to be part of such a bright group of artists. Details on productions coming soon!
December 2021 - January 2022
East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland
Along with choreographing this year's panto, Amanda also got to understudy all 8 tracks. It was a blast to spend time in Wonderland with the wonderful team.
Axis Theatre Workshop
Amanda played the Boy in Axis Theatre's workshop of a new musical based on the book "Frog Belly Rat Bone." It was a blast to play with puppets and to sing songs.