Amontaine Aurore

About

Amontaine Aurore is a playwright, actor and performance artist. Having been drawn to creative expression from a young age, she is grateful for an evolving artistic path from which to explore her mind, create worlds and investigate the complexities of human nature. As an actress, she has performed on stages and sets in Seattle, Montana, Los Angeles and New York, and is the winner of a national acting competition sponsored by Inspirational Productions.

Since 2006, Amontaine has written and performed in numerous self-penned solo plays, including Waiting for Billie Holiday, and My Name is Trazar. In 2008, she toured her solo performance show, Queen Rita’s Blues Alley to New York and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She is the recipient of the Creation Project grant, a year-long professional development program sponsored by the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas. During her year as a Creation Project artist, Amontaine began working on her solo work, Free Desiree. Free Desiree played at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2013 where it was well received, and was named by Theater is Easy as a Fringe Best Bet and by Indie Theater Now as one of the best new scripts in the 2013 Festival. Free Desiree has also played at the Velocity Dance Center and West of Lenin theaters located in Seattle, as well as the Orcas Center on Orcas Island, Washington. It is published by Indie Theater Now. Amontaine’s newest solo show Love Letters Beyond the Veil premiered on the Orcas Center Mainstage in June 2015, and was part of the United Solo Theater Festival in New York in the fall of 2016.

In addition to solo plays, Amontaine also writes for ensembles. Her ensemble play, Don't Call it a Riot! was a finalist in the 2017 Bay Area Playwright's Festival. Riot! received a staged reading from Theatre Battery in 2016, and will have another staged reading at the Nights of the Neptune at the Neptune Theater in August 2017.

Amontaine's work has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Puffin Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the Seattle Arts Commission, 4Culture and Artist Trust.

Amontaine has a degree in Writing from Antioch University. In addition to being a Seattle resident, she has also lived and/or studied in Los Angeles, New York, Italy, Egypt and Bali. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Hedgebrook Writer’s Retreat for Women on Whidbey Island in Washington State.She is a proud member of Parley, a Playwrights' Group.