Amanda Shank is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles, California. With an experimental practice rooted in the interplay between text, image and performance, her work frequently explores themes of women’s identity and sexuality while also dismantling traditional notions of form, genre, chronology and performativity.

Amanda has developed projects with CalArts Center for New Performance, the National New Play Network, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Henson Foundation, Circle X Theatre, The Industry, the Prototype Festival, Los Angeles Performance Practice's LAX Festival and many more. She has presented work at venues such as the Ace Hotel DTLA, the Hammer Museum and Automata Arts. As a playwright, her work has been published in the U.S. and translated internationally.

Amanda is Associate Dean for the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and Associate Artistic Director for CalArts Center for New Performance.

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