Amy Poux (she/her) - Writer/Director
Amy Poux has directed and worked with young people since 1991 in creating and performing original work across NYC and regionally. In 2004, she established Youth Ensemble Theater (YET) an award-winning pre-professional theater company for rural-disenfranchised youths. YET has performed at WestBeth Theatre, 5 Angels Theatre, NY Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Theater Festival, Richard B. Fisher Center, Byrdcliffe Theater among others, and has garnered awards from the NY Thespian Festival (2019) as well as Education Theater Association of NYS (2017).
Inspired by her own child’s experiences, in 2019, Poux wrote/directed Do Nothings, a short film about a gender-queer teen who risks isolation because of their disinterest in vaping and in mainstream culture. In 2020, she shot the film’s sequel, I’m Okay. (Dist. Echelon Studios worldwide streaming. Awardee NewFilmmakers NY, 2021). Do Nothings is currently being developed into an episodic series.
As Director of Education, Film at Lincoln Center, Poux designed and oversaw the Education division, benefiting more than 2000 students annually. Education specialist at Mary Stuart Masterson’s Stockade Works, Poux co-designed the film crew Boot Camps in Kingston NY. She is also the founder of the pioneering arts education company, Urban Arts Partnership in NYC. Recognition for her incisive use of the arts in underprivileged communities: NYSCA Award of Merit, the NY Times’ Neediest Fund, Annenberg Foundation, US Department of Education, Consortium of International Arts Educators, NYC Department of Education.
As a former actress, Poux worked in NYC theater in the 1990s performing original work at Manhattan Class Company, Westbeth Theatre, Angel Theatre, City Center, Theatre for the New City, Greenwich Street Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, among others.
Poux resides in Rosendale NY with her husband Johnny, with whom she has raised two children, two cats, and her nine ducks.