Jane Attenborough Award Winner: Amanda Chinn
Amanda Chinn started her career as a stage manager working both in rep and on tour with companies including Hampstead Theatre, Tynewear Theatre Company, Haymarket Theatre, London and toured extensively with Triumph Productions. A job at the Byre Theatre brought her to Scotland in 1980 where she has lived and worked ever since. Amanda moved into administration in 1989, working with both theatre and dance companies including Plan B Dance Company and Scottish Youth Dance Festival. Amanda joined Scottish Dance Theatre as General Manager in 1997.
Janet Smith, Principal of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, who presented the Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award this year said:
“Amanda is more than a company manager. She fights to make the impossible happen. She believes in an institution where the power comes from shared effort and solidarity. Amanda’s priorities are not set by a quick economic profit or public recognition, but by her commitment to the development of artists in and outside Scottish Dance Theatre, engagement with communities no matter how remote or disadvantaged, and unconditional support of equality and inclusivity.
“Amanda gives freely of herself to support and encourage the development of all staff, independent dancers, arts professionals and smaller dance organisations, helping grow a supportive and inclusive dance network across Scotland and beyond.
“As Amanda is about to leave Scottish Dance Theatre, her legacy to the dance community continues through the countless people who she has nurtured who are now successfully choreographing, dancing and working for dance organisations all over the world.”