Published on June 4th, 2019 | by Biz Books

The Biz Interview: Amanda Sum

Chicken Girl is currently underway at ANNEX in Vancouver. We talked to a few of the artistic talents involved in the show.

Here is our interview with Amanda Sum!


Can you start by telling us a little bit about your involvement with Chicken Girl?

I am playing the role of Chicken Girl! Bawk bawk!

What should audiences expect from the show?

Starry skies, good hearts, and the distant smell of fried chicken.

From your perspective, what is the most rewarding thing about acting in theatre?

Sharing the space with artists and community members alike, acknowledging the work together.

What are the three most important ingredients for a successful stage performance?

Listening, breath, a light dinner.

In your opinion, what is the current state of Canadian theatre and how has it evolved since you first got involved in the industry?

I think Canadian theatre has a driven community, pushing to create rigorous work. It’s also malleable, flowing from hopefulness in the inclusion of more voices, bodies, and experiences, to disheartening funding cuts. There is change, though it comes slowly (and not easily).

What’s the most important lesson that you’ve learned about theatre in your career so far?

Make a fool of yourself. Fail!!! Ask questions. Respect the time of others, and respect your own time.

What theatre-related books and authors have been influential in your career so far?

Jean Yoon, Young Jean Lee, and Theatre & History by Rebecca Schneider.

What other projects are you working on right now?

Singing in Mermaid Spring at InTune on June 8th at CBC Studios, creating a solo piece for Persistence at the Shadbolt in June, New Societies with Brian Postalian in September!

Where can we find out more about you?

You can check out my low budget Youtube account, sumsings4you, which I started in grade 10 to impress my crush. Or on instagram @amanduhsum.


Thanks to Amanda Sum for speaking with us!

You can check out Chicken Girl at ANNEX until June 7th. For tickets, please visit

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