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steen (christina) starr was born in Hanna, Alberta, paving the way for Canada's rock giants, Nickelback. She pursued a BA (Honours) in English Literature at the University of Alberta, then relocated to Toronto and completed a Masters of English Literature at York University. Starr is an accomplished writer, editor, playwright and emerging filmmaker whose primary focus is on issues of social justice, sexuality and the arts.
Starr began work as a professional editor at the helm of a national, bilingual, feminist magazine, Women's Education des femmes. WEdf was shut down in 1996 when federal funding commitments for women's issues dried up, and a freelance career was launched (see editing). Starr's work as a researcher/writer/editor has included clients such as UNESCO, the International Council for Adult Education, Regent Park Community Health Centre, West Neighbourhood House, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, the Toronto Arts Council & Arts Foundation and the Corporation of Yonge-Dundas Square in the City of Toronto.
Starr's work for theatre has been produced across Canada and in the US to critical acclaim, and off-stage she has numerous publication credits (see writing). She has most recently written and directed two short films, both of which have won awards at international film festivals (see film). For several years Starr contributed a regular column to Xtra! Magazine on being a gay parent (see visibly a parent) which earned an Honorable Mention for Humour in the 2000 North American Gay and Lesbian Journalism Awards.
In the work-a-day world, Starr is a skilled grants consultant specializing in fundraising research and application preparation/submission for artists and non-profit organizations. She currently works with Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, CInéfranco Film Festival, West Neighbourhood House, the Toronto Arts Foundation and Judy Brown Music.
Toronto performer Christina Starr is a likeable stage presence.