Amy Frear is an actor and filmmaker.
She has performed regionally with Theatre Exile, Delaware Shakespeare, Inis Nua, Seattle Rep, Opera House Arts, among others. Favorite theatre roles include Adele in the American premiere of Mark O'Rowe's Our Few and Evil Days, Penny in John Pollono's Lost Girls, and the Princess in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Favorite film work include leading roles in Ways to Look at the Moon; Processing; Another Time; Maya; and a fun supporting role in Grassroots, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. She holds her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.
She is the writer and director of the films Selkie, Another Time, and Human Being. Her work explores subtle science fiction and fantasy through getting lost, connection, romantic notions, theatricality, bright colors, and silliness overcoming aggression and control. The films have screened at film festivals around the US and UK where Amy has met lots of great people.
Amy creates comedy and performance/video art with her friend Iva Yos which mostly involves telling jokes about animals, capitalists, and perceived physical weaknesses that are sometimes accompanied by Iva's large scale drawings. They call themselves AMY & IVA and their video AMY & IVA GROUP INC was curated by Lino Kino at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) as part of Open Video Call 2020.
Favorite devised theater work includes: DEEP BLUE SLEEP and CITY OF WOES with Found Theater in Philadelphia; 10 REAL STAR ACTS: AN ORIGINAL 1912 VAUDVILLE at the Stonington Opera House in Stonington, Maine; THE GATHERING OF THE MOTHER MOTH PEOPLE with Oliver Jane at her friend Gus's old warehouse space in Philadelphia; BARBARIANS which took place on a white cyclorama in a photography studio in Belltown, Seattle; and many silly little acts of performance for variety nights here and there.
She is currently plotting how to film a half scripted/half devised feature length adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya that is set in the world of a feminist theatre and farming collective on her friend's farm in West Virginia.
Amy is an adjunct professor of acting and acting for the camera at Temple University and the University of the Arts.
She lives in West Philadelphia with her partner Zach. They throw really good Halloween parties and like to write murder mystery games for their friends.