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christina (steen) 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 and performer whose primary focus is on issues of social justice, sexuality and sustainable culture; she also works in areas of education, literacy and community 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, Seaton House Family Health Team, 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 including contributions to the recent Queering the Way (Brindle & Glass Publishing), Who’s Your Daddy? (Sumach Press) and Outspoken: A Canadian Collection of Lesbian Scenes and Monologues (Playwrights Canada Press). For several years she contributed a regular column to Xtra! Magazine on being a gay 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 and non-profit/arts administrator. She currently works with Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, West Neighbourhood House and the YWCA of Edmonton. She has also held positions with MIX Magazine, FUSE Magazine, the Toronto ALFA Centre, Theatre Gargantua and Cahoots Theatre Company.
Toronto performer Christina Starr is a likeable stage presence.