Amy Starkey has a passion for woman-centred and gender-related stories and has pursued her creativity as an actor, writer, and director. Born and raised in suburban Toronto, Amy’s family relocated to Richmond, BC where she attended high school before returning to Ontario to study Mass Communications and English at York University. Following university, Amy was accepted into the classical theatre acting program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, where she lived and worked for 3 years.
Upon returning to her roots in Toronto, she performed in various independent film and theatre productions before co-creating a theatre collective to write and produce Undecided, a show that explored bisexuality and relationships. She wrote and directed Love, Iris for the Toronto Fringe Festival and, since moving to Vancouver in 2000, has performed in The Vagina Monologues, A Particular Class of Women and Macbeth, among other theatre, film and tv productions. Directing credits for local theatre include The Attic, The Pearls & Three Fine Girls (Emerald Pig), Chapter Two and the upcoming Dracula, adapted by Liz Lochhead for Deep Cove Stage. Amy has recently made the foray into film directing with In Her View, her first screenplay, which she has been developing since 2006. Amy lives in North Vancouver and is a single mother to her 11-year-old daughter.