Amy Staats is an actor, writer, producer, director, and a founding member of DODO: A Theater Collective. She is thrilled to be a recipient of The Atlantic Theater Companies 2016-2017 Launch Commission.
As a writer, her full length plays include: EDDIE AND DAVE: A FICTIONALIZED TALE OF VAN HALEN (Developed at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor and SPACE on Ryder Farm); HANDS (Developed at Naked Angels First Mondays and SPACE on Ryder Farm with Ensemble Studio Theater); CAT-HER-IN-E (Midtown Theater Festival, Best Solo Show Nominee); and MOVE (New Voices Fellowship and developed at The New Group). Among her short plays are: CHANGING OF THE GUARD (EST Marathon, published: Best American Short Play Anthology) and THROWS OF LOVE which has had multiple productions including the Samuel French Short Play Festival (directed by Jess Chayes, published: Samuel French). Screenplays: MR. RAWLS (BVEW Screenplay Fellow) and MARY AND LOUISE (Winner: Best Script- LA Comedy Shorts). She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater and a regular at Naked Angels Tuesdays @9.
As an actor she has worked with DODO, The Mad Ones, Lesser America, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, MCC, The Lark, Naked Angels, The New Group, Playwright’s Horizons, Premiere Stages, Target Margin, Ensemble Studio Theater, among others. Favorite credits include: THE LAST CLASS: A JAZZERCIZE PLAY (written by Megan Hill, directed by Margot Bordelon); JANICE UNDERWATER (written by Thomas Matthew Wolf, directed by Jade King Carroll); TREVOR (written by Nick Jones, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel); THE SLUTS OF SUTTON DRIVE (written by Joshua Conkel, directed by Lila Neugebauer). Select film credits include: MARY AND LOUISE (written and produced by Amy Staats, directed and produced by Abigail Zealey Bess) and MONSURA IS WAITING (written by David Johnston, directed by Kevin Newbury). New Media: HERE’S WHAT I LIKE AND NOW I’LL TELL YOU WHY (written and produced by Amy Staats, directed by Abigail Zealey Bess); COMPULSIVE LOVE (written by Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Kevan Tucker); THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN WEBSERIES (written and created by Morgan Gould & Friends, directed by Morgan Gould and Nate Trinrud). She us currently performing in MILES FOR MARY (created by The Mad Ones, directed by Lila Neugebauer, Bushwick Starr)
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jeffrey and their cats James Carlos and Orlando