Amani Starnes

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Amani is a multiracial writer, actor, producer, and singer. She graduated from Yale, where she double majored in Theater and African American Studies. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Performance Studies at Stanford University, where she is beefing up her dramatic writing skills under the instruction of celebrated playwright Young Jean Lee. Recently, Amani received critical acclaim in such publications as The Washington Post, Jezebel, The Jane Dough, Madame Noire, and Racialicious for a web series she writes, produces, and headlines, The United Colors of Amani. In the tradition of Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle, the series explores Amani’s uncomfortable racial adventures In Hollywood. In addition to her web presence, Amani is a Jane of all trades. She sings and makes music—in addition to her own music projects and fronting bands, she has sung back up for artists like Childish Gambino and Shirley Manson, as well as sung and arranged for television and film. She has experience producing and creating content for networks like AOL and AMC, and she stars in independent films, plays, concerts, music videos, rock operas and musicals. She is a long-time member of Tim Robbins’ Actors’ Gang Theater company, and she continues to make independent theater and performance, both writing and performing. Her outlandish life experiences, professional training, and love for the art of human expression continue to fuel her desire to write, perform and share universally relatable stories through the voices and experiences of unique and unexpected diverse female characters.