Photo: Evan Zimmerman/The Glimmerglass Festival
Hi! I'm glad you're here.
I'm Amanda Testini - I use she/her pronouns, I'm based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), in so-called Vancouver, and I'm a director, choreographer and performer, working in theatre, dance and opera across Canada and the US.
Some of my recent past projects include: The Rip Van Winkles and La boheme (assistant director/The Glimmerglass Festival), The Kitchen (choreographer/Studio 58), The Birds (movement consultant/TheatreUBC), Teenage Dick (movement director/The Arts Club Theatre Company). My next projects are The Magic Flute (assistant director/Vancouver Opera), another development period of a new contemporary dance piece, Agrimony (dancer/The Dance Centre), and returning for my 6th beloved East Van Panto - Beauty and the Beast (choreographer/Theatre Replacement and the Cultch).
Other projects I've worked on that are important to me include: 6 seasons performing or assisting at Theatre Under the Stars, assistant choreographing Onegin (Arts Club/Belfry), performing and choreographing in a variety of Theatre for Young Audience shows at Carousel Theatre for Young People, 2 tours with You Used to Call Me Marie (movement consultant and swing/Savage Society), 6 tours of BC and Canada with Love Bomb (shameless hussy productions) playing lead character 'Justine Chambers' performing everywhere from theatres to gymnasiums to the RCMP cadet depot in Regina and the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa as the show was deemed a best practice of crime prevention against human trafficking.
I've completed tenures with the Banff Centre of the Arts’ Opera in the 21st program as their Stage Directing participant (2022), as well as two seasons as the Young Artist Stage Director at Vancouver Opera (19/20 and 21/22), and a season as the Young Artist Stage Director at the Glimmerglass Festival in New York (2023).
I received the Brian McMaster Award for Education from the Vancouver Opera Guild in 2021, the Lloyd Nicholson Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Musical Theatre at Studio 58 in 15/16, the Rising Star Internship Award from Theatre Under the Stars in 2016, and in 2015, she received the Leon and Thea Koerner Award in the Fine and Performing Arts.
I am a 2 time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Best Performance, and a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts’ Triple Threat Program in Toronto, ON and Studio 58’s Acting Program at Langara College in Vancouver, BC.
When I'm not making art, I'm biking around Vancouver, swimming in the ocean, hiking when I can, and eating good food with good company.