Amy Staats is an actor, writer, producer, director, and founding member of DODO: A Theater Collective. She is thrilled to be a 2017-2018 Tow Playwright in Residence with The Atlantic Theater Company.

As a writer, her full length plays include: EDDIE AND DAVE (Developed at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor and SPACE on Ryder Farm); HANDS (Developed at Naked Angels 1st Mondays and SPACE on Ryder Farm with Ensemble Studio Theater); I HOPE SHE'LL BE OKAY (Atlantic Theater Company Launch Commission, developed at Williamstown Theater Festival); BAT KITTY and CHEMISTRY TEST.  Among her short plays are: CHANGING OF THE GUARD (EST Marathon, published: Best American Short Play Anthology) and THROWS OF LOVE (Samuel French Short Play Festival winner, directed by Jess Chayes,  published by Samuel French.) Screenplays include: MR. RAWLS (BVEW Screenplay Fellow) and MARY AND LOUISE (Winner: Best Script- LA Comedy Shorts). Pilot scripts include CITY ALIVE AT FIVE and FARM TO TABLE. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater and a regular at Naked Angels Tuesdays @9.

As an actor she has worked with Playwright’s Horizons, The Bushwick Starr, Lesser America, Dutch Kills, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, MCC, The Lark, Naked Angels, The New Group, Premiere Stages, Target Margin and The Ensemble Studio Theater, among others. Favorite credits include: The Mad One's MILES FOR MARY (directed by Lila Neugebauer); 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 Includes: HERE’S WHAT I LIKE AND NOW I’LL TELL YOU WHY and COMPULSIVE LOVE. Upcoming: THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN WEB SERIES (Created and Directed by Morgan Gould and Friends.)

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jeffrey and their cats James Carlos and Orlando

 Photo: Naomi White

Photo: Naomi White