Amanda Knights

Rookie Company

Joined Impro Melbourne: 2016

Performance background:

Amanda’s debut improvised performance was in First Draft Theatre’s ‘#hashtag’. She went on to perform in their other shows, ’A Butterfly Effect’ and ‘Monster of the Week’. She was an ensemble member of Exploding Heads Impro which is where she devised and directed her original format ‘Off The Wall’. Amanda currently performs improvised puppetry with The Mighty Little Puppet Show. Yes, it is as fun as it sounds!

On the web: Amanda's Facebook

Teaching experience:

Teacher Training:

  • Monash University - Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • Chisholm Institute of TAFE - Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • Deakin University - Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Drama)

Performing Arts: 

  • VCE Drama Teacher and Tutor at Lakeview Senior Secondary College
  • VET Live Production, Theatre & Events Trainer  at Hallam Secondary College
  • Performing Arts Teacher at TheatreBugs
  • Established and ran my own Performing Arts school called Theatriks
  • Deputy Director (Musicals) at Whitehorse Showtime - Volunteer position with the Scout Association

Other: 

  • Workshop facilitator at Port Phillip EcoCentre
  • Education Officer at Melbourne Zoo
  • Workshop facilitator at LEGO Education Learning Centre
  • Various Casual Relief Teaching Positions 

Theatre credit:

  • Aussie Mixtape, Mands (lead), Self devised show for Melbourne Fringe
  • Jack and Jill the Devil Chemists of Whitechapel, Detective Day, The Mechanics Institute, Emma Buckley
  • The Lion’s Bride, The Poet (lead), Inn?tum Theatre, Northcote Town Hall, Tammie Kite
  • Winnie & Willie present Mischief & Mayhem, writer/ host (Willie), Club Voltaire with Caitlin Yolland
  • Lulu Vs Jack The Ripper, Lulu (lead), KumQuat Theatre, Melbourne Fringe, Jessica Murphy
  • Kid’s Stuff, Kid (lead), Deakin University, Tamara Saulwick
  • Episode VI and 1/2, Madame Meredeela, Interrobang, Melbourne Fringe, Corey Matthews
  • Australia 216: Not Out, Ensemble, SideStreet Players, MICF, Mark Brown
  • Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, Emma, Total Theatre, Matt Delbridge
  • So You Think You Can Teach, Julia Gillard (lead), Monash University Education Revue

Impro credits:

  • The Mighty Little Puppet Show, Puppeteer/ Ensemble, Melbourne Fringe & MICF, Innes Lloyd
  • Play With Me, Ensemble, First Draft Theatre, MICF, Jak Vukasinovic
  • Can You Feel It, Ensemble, Improvention, Canberra, Glenn Hall
  • Smells Like A Song (Improvised Musical), Ensemble, Impro Melbourne, Tim Redmond
  • Theatre Sports, Ensemble, Impro Melbourne, Katherine Weaver/ Patti Stiles
  • Cut & Paste, Group devised format for Impro Melbourne Rookies, Amy Moule
  • Maestro, Ensemble, Impro Melbourne, Katherine Weaver/ Patti Stiles
  • Monster Of The Week, Ensemble, First Draft Theatre, MICF, Katherine Weaver
  • A Butterfly Effect, Ensemble, First Draft Theatre, Adelaide Fringe, Jak Vukasinovic
  • #hashtag, Ensemble, First Draft Theatre, Adelaide Fringe, Jak Vukasinovic
  • Propellor & !?, Ensemble & Director, Interrobang, Club Voltaire
  • Off The Wall, Ensemble & Director, Exploding Heads Impro, MICF

Impro motto or quote: Jill Bernard’s advice to to enter a scene with high energy using one of the four main emotional states, “mad, sad, glad and a…frad”.

Impro Mentor: Amy Moule

Favourite IM show or role: Smells Like A Song!

Comic inspirations:  Jillian Cosgriff, Deanna Fleysher, Amanda Buckley, Lliam Amor, The Doug Anthony Allstars, Denise Scott, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

My little secret:

If I’m driving to a show I’ll put Gold FM on and sing at the top of my lungs to warm up my voice.

Reviews Performance:

“…confident improvisers and gifted comediennes.” #hashtag, http://fringereview.co.uk/review/adelaide-fringe/2014/hashtag/

“Performed with all the power and the passion of an Oils song, Aussie Mixtape is a highly enjoyable celebration of the Australian music canon.” Aussie Mixtape, http://buzzcuts.org.au/2015/09/aussie-mixtape-melbourne-fringe-festival-2015/