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Amanda Cordner is a theatre creator and performer. She co-founded the theatre company Madonnanera with creative partner David di Giovanni and together, they toured Body So Fluorescent across North America before it was adapted into a short film in 2020. At the Inside Out Film Festival, Cordner and di Giovanni jointly won the Emerging Canadian Artist Award in recognition of their screen adaption of Body So Fluorescent. Cordner lives in Toronto.

Award History

2023 Finalist

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers
for Body So Fluorescent

Jury Citation

Body So Fluorescent is a sharp, rousing intervention into issues of racism within queer communities. Rather than being didactic or scolding, the play illuminates the complexities of queer wellness, safety, chosen family, and self-expression without flinching. The text has a grounded lyricism that both elevates its moments and highlights how jarring ugliness can be when it inevitably arrives. By turns entertaining, titillating, and upsetting, Body So Fluorescent draws the reader into an examination of their own resistance to, or complicity with, the particularities of anti-Blackness in queer spaces.”—2023 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Writers Jury (S. Bear Bergman, Nicholas Dawson, and Sharanpal Ruprai)

Works recognized by WT