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, My Name is Trazar, Queen Rita's Blues Alley, Free Desiree (named by Indie Theater Now as one of the Best New Plays in the 2013 New York Frine) and Love Letters Beyond the Veil. Her plays have been presented at New York's 59E59 Theater, the United Solo Theatre Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, West of Lenin, 18th & Union, the Neptune, 12th Avenue Arts, and the Orcas Center, among others.
In addition to solo plays, Amontaine also writes for ensembles. Her 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 the Neptune Theater as part of their Nights at the Neptune series in August 2017. Don't Call it a Riot! had full productions in 2018 at the 18th & Union Theatre, and 2019 at 12th Avenue Arts. Amontaine's play, When a Tree Falls, will have a three week run at the 18th & Union Theater in the spring of 2020. In addition, she has been commissioned to write a new play for Mirror Stage, which will have a public reading in the spring of 2020.
Amontaine's work has received funding from the 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 Writerâ€™s Retreat for Women on Whidbey Island in Washington State. In 2019 she was a finalist for the Emerald Prize, a biennial playwriting award administered by Seattle Public Theater.