Amanda [Equality] Campbell is an independent theatre critic, theatre writer and theatre creator dedicated to the fostering and celebration of the Canadian theatre through insightful reviews, thorough interviews with theatre artists and dynamic and constant engagement with the theatre community.
Originally from Halifax and currently based between there and Toronto, Amanda holds a B.A. (Honours) in Theatre Studies from Dalhousie University and a M.A. in Drama Studies from The University of Toronto. Selected highlights from her scholarly pursuits include: writing Waiting for Bernadette, a 30 minute musical pastiche loosely based on Waiting For Godot and centering on two rabid Bernadette Peters fans, Assistant Directing Urinetown at DalTheatre, dedicating most of her Masters degree to researching Stewart Lemoine and Teatro La Quindicina, and an extensive dissertation on Ghost Jail Theatre. Amanda is currently a Teaching Assistant for Theatre 1000 at Dalhousie where she hopes to ignite a passion for Canadian Theatre in all her students.
Amanda’s foray into theatre criticism began with an absurdly short stint at the newspaper, The University of Toronto’s independent paper, before she founded The Way I See It (TWISI) in 2007. Since then, Amanda has reviewed over 500 theatre productions from all over Ontario, across Nova Scotia and in Vancouver, Edmonton, Charlottetown and on Broadway. She has also conducted interviews with an array of illustrious theatre artists including Idina Menzel, Julia Murney, David Storch, Sharron Matthews and music star Jimmy Rankin, to name a few. The Way I See It Theatre Blog has been read by over 91,000 people across Canada and internationally.
As an actor Amanda honed her musical theatre skills in Elementary and Senior High in the prestigious productions at Sacred Heart School of Halifax directed by the incomparable Nancy Marshall. She attended Neptune Theatre School from 1996-2001 where she was taught by an impressive array of professional and emerging theatre artists including Jennette White and Kate Elman. She was a member of Neptune’s Youth Performance Company in 2001 where she performed in A Splendid Torch, directed by Yvette Nolan and Jennette White, and toured to elementary schools with I Believe in Make Believe. She made her Atlantic Fringe Festival debut in 1998 in Two Planets, a Collective Creation. In 2005 she played a leper in Raquel Duffy’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar with the St. Matt’s Players and she made her Toronto acting debut in IMPACT Theatre’s Victim of Circumstance at the Bathurst Street Theatre in 2010. Amanda was also extremely proud to teach theatre classes to 4-9 year olds at Neptune Theatre School for four glorious summers.
As a playwright Amanda has written twice for The 24 Hour Theatre Thing at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax and her play Cross Your Heart received very favorable reviews at the 2012 Atlantic Fringe Festival. She has also written over 25 short plays for her students to perform at Neptune Theatre School.
Amanda feels profoundly fortunate to be able to work alongside her heroes and to be inspired and spellbound by the work created by this community.