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Amanda West Lewis

Amanda West Lewis

Amanda West Lewis has combined careers as a writer, theatre director, calligrapher, book artist and instructor. Currently the founder and Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Theatre, she has spent her career working in the arts and arts education.

In her theatre career, Amanda has focussed on working with young people, directing and teaching extensively. Originally trained at York University, she has worked in many theatres including the NAC, Perth Summer Theatre and the Perth Theatre Project.

Amanda is the author of six books for young people: Writing, a Fact and Fun Book; Lettering; Making Memory Books; The Jumbo Book of Paper Crafts; and Rosie Backstage (co-written with Tim Wynne-Jones.). Her latest book, September 17: A Novel, is based on the true events from that date in 1940 when a ship carrying children away from war in England was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

As a professional calligrapher and book artist, Amanda has exhibited her artwork in numerous group and solo shows.

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