Amy Poux is a director, educator and human rights activist for under-represented youth.
Poux just completed the short, Do Nothings (2023), a coming-of-age musical comedy, which follows the life of "Tamarin", a non-binary singer-songwriter with crippling stagefight. Do Nothings (2023) is currently being submitted to festivals worldwide.
Previously, in 2021, Poux produced Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's (“Them” Amazon, “The Get Down”/Netflix) feature, Sunday at Il Posto Accanto.
In 2019 Poux wrote/directed Do Nothings, (Northguild Productions/HUDSY-TV) a short film about a gender-queer teen and in 2020 made the film’s sequel, I’m Okay (HUDSY-TV) both of which were awarded by NewFilmmakers NY 2021, NYWIFT iWoman Fest, 2022. During pandemic times Poux pivoted to direct the Zoom teleplays "WEIrD" and "Zoom School", as well as creating a number of Zoom improv programs for adults and youth.
As an educator, Poux was the former Director of Education at Film at Lincoln Center, where she designed, launched and oversaw visual literacy and filmmaking programs, and the Young filmmakers Awards as part of the Film Society Kids initiative, which benefitted more than 2000 children annually.
Poux is the current Educational Development & Youth Access Advisor at Mary Stuart Masterson's Stockade Works, in Kingston NY, where she is charged with designing and launching the Youth Access (SWAY) initiative which provides film crew training institutes to under-served youth to enter the Hudson Valley film crew workforce.
As a theater director and maker, Poux has developed an ensemble approach to long-form improvisation over the last 18 years. She directs youth and adults, creating devised theater pieces that explore issues of collective consciousness and provide a forum for actors to play close to the edge in their work. This work has included the development of Youth Ensemble Theater (YET) as well as the Intergenerational Theater (I.E.) whose works have been performed Off-Broadway at the 52nd Street Project, the Bank Street Theater (NYC), The Richard B. Fisher Performing Arts Center (Bard College), NY State & Film/Powerhouse Theater Festival (Poughkeepsie, NY), Boughton Place (Highland, NY), Byrdcliffe Theater (Woodstock, NY), and High Meadow Performing Arts Center (Stone Ridge, NY). YET has garnered awards from the American Academy for the Dramatic Arts (Featured performance/Youth Theatre Conference 2018), the NYC Thespian Society (Best Play/Best supporting actress, 2019), NYS Theatre Education Association (Award of Excellence 2019) , and was awarded 1st place, “Best Film 2022” in the Tales From the Catskills Amateur Film Competition for the short film ESCAPE!!!
I.E. has just received funding from Arts Mid-Hudson for its experimental sight specific play, The Restaurant, which is being developed as an improvisational performance highlighting service industry workers. This improvisational process is also being filmed to capture Poux’s approach to creating devised issue-based plays.
Poux began her career as a stage actress, honing her craft at renowned NYC acting studios like Neighborhood Playhouse, Playwright's Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and training under the guidance of accomplished mentors such as Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Harold Guskin, Melanie Sommers, Tony Abeson, Carol Rosenfeld, Curt Dempster, among others. During this period, Poux graced Off-Broadway stages, including Manhattan Class Company, WestBeth Theatre, Angel Theatre, City Center, Theatre for the New City, Greenwich Street Theatre, and Playwrights Horizons, where she had the privilege of collaborating with talented actors such as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the dynamic TV writing and producing duo, Joan and Tony Phelan, as well as Dan Bucatinsky, among many others.
Poux resides in Rosendale NY with her life-partner, Johnny, with whom she has raised two kids, three cats, and many ducks.