Working titles for my autobiography:
Nothing A Little Vitamin D Can't Fix
Singing is for Straight-Haired Girls
Countries I've lived in:
United States, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, England, Vanuatu
Jobs I've held:
yoga teacher, personal trainer, Ayurvedic nutritionist, telesales rep, nanny, executive assistant, marketing manager
Shows I dreamt of working on before they ended:
Togetherness, I'm Dying Up Here, Downton Abbey, Star Trek: TNG, Zoobilee Zoo
Non-profits I have worked with:
New York Women in Film & Television/WIFTI, Peace Corps, Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, SAG-AFTRA BookPALS, International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, Clown Doctors New Zealand
smart, intrepid, fast learner, putting strangers at ease, keeping in touch
sensitive to criticism, judgmental, unrealistic standards, easily overwhelmed, loses track of time and keys
Want to try:
standup, directing for television, pottery, aerial silks
create mesmerizing and empowered characters in intelligent, responsible narratives that surprise, delight, and inspire
Amanda Prasow is a Canadian-American actor and filmmaker.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Amanda relocated to Toronto, Ontario as a child. With classical theatre training from the University of Toronto, she also studied dance theatre at Lancaster University in England.
A growing interest in grassroots volunteerism led Amanda to the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. For two years, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in a remote island village, where she also directed her first documentary, Kokoru-Kamam. She then moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where she focused on physical theatre, improv, and medical clowning as well as traditional stage work, including A.R. Gurney's Sylvia and the (less traditional) Fringe hit water ballet Sirens.
Upon moving to New York City, Amanda honed her nuanced portrayals of quirky, larger-than-life characters on Off-Off-Broadway stages (Target Margin, Articulate Theatre), studied and performed improv at The PIT and a variety of sticky basements, and began producing and writing herself into her own offbeat comedy films (Mark and Anna's, Bestie).
Recently relocating to Vancouver to focus on acting for film and television, Amanda has accidentally ended up doing a surprising amount of theatre, including Arsenic and Old Lace (Royal Canadian Theatre Company), the experimental improv Prototype Festival (Instant Theatre) and Speakeasy Theatre's Pull Festival of short plays.
Amanda returns to New York frequently with her bicoastal production company, Nakavika Films, and loves following her films to festivals around the world.
Now playing: Amanda plays 13 characters in her solo comedy short Bestie, currently on the film festival circuit.