Amy Poux, Founder/Director/ Acting Teacher
Amy Poux is a theater/film director and an educator in New York’s Hudson Valley.
As founder of a pioneering arts education organization, Working Playground, Inc., Poux created expansive multi-arts education programs in schools citywide for thirteen years. Now called Urban Arts Partnership, this organization stands today serving thousands of young people each year with video, theater and visual arts programs as a link to their own inimitable spirits and future.
In 2006, she founded Youth Ensemble Theater (Y.E.T.) which has grown into a pre-professional theater company garnering awards from NYC Thespian Society (Best Play/Best supporting actress, 2019), NYS Theatre Education Association (Award of Excellence 2019), American Academy for the Dramatic Arts (Featured performance/Youth Theatre Conference 2018) among others. Y.E.T. plays have performed Off-Broadway at the 52nd Street Project and the Labyrinth Theater company’s 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).
In 2014, Poux was invited to design and direct Film at Lincoln Center’s Film in Education division. As Director of Education she implemented filmmaking institutes for more than 2000 NYC students annually, launched Film at Lincoln Center’s Young Filmmakers Awards, and produced hundreds of films by New York City students each year.
Poux’s work in film continued in the Kingston-based Stockade Works, where she worked with Mary Stuart Masterson and Beth Davenport to design Boot Camps that train adults to work as crew members on films produced in Ulster County.
In 2019, Poux wrote/directed her own film, DO NOTHINGS, (Northguild Productions/HUDSY-TV) a short film about a gender-queer teen who risks isolation because of their disinterest in vaping and in mainstream culture. Inspired by her work with young people, DO NOTHINGS is the first in a trajectory of films that will be dedicated to the perspective of outcast youths. “I’m Okay” (the second in this trilogy) is currently in post production.
Originally a NYC theater actor, Amy Poux worked with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as TV writing/producing team, Joan and Tony Phelan (Grey’s Anatomy, Council of Dads), actor/producer Dan Bucatinsky, among others.
Poux resides in Rosendale NY with her husband Johnny, with whom she has raised two children, two cats, and many ducks.