Amanda Konkin works in the entertainment industry and is passionate about producing socially provocative projects in theatre and film. Working with members of the LGBTQIA2 community, she was one of the producers of the world’s first transgender sitcom, The Switch, that aired on OUTtv in 2016. This project intensified her dedication to fighting for the rights of transgender individuals and marginalized demographics in all communities and reinforced her belief that diversity in representation matters in all areas of life.
Konkin has introduced her passion for politics into numerous projects and companies through her work with local arts organizations. She sat on the board of directors for ICTV, one of the local independent groups producing television for Shaw channel 4 and was one of the hosts for their program After Hours. She also teamed up with ACTivist Theatre Collective as a producer for Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary celebration plays performed at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Konkin is dedicated to finding success for children and youth and values strong community programs to further childhood development. She worked for daycamp programs throughout university and upon graduation has continued to prioritize teaching and assisting youth programs alongside her creative pursuits. In her work, Amanda explores the role that technology has in shaping the next generation of leaders and strives to find a balance between embracing these positive developments that make our world more connected while maintaining tangible local opportunities for engagement.
Konkin has a BA in theatre and political science and a MA in theatre studies from the University of British Columbia. She was the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her Master's research on the politically motivated theatre practices of Vancouver company Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre).