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steen (christina) starr was born in Hanna, Alberta, paving the way for Canada's rock giants, Nickelback. Based in Toronto, Starr is an accomplished writer, editor, performer and filmmaker whose work focusses on LGBTQ visibility, gender identity, sexuality, and social justice.
As a professional editor, Starr
began work at the helm of a national, bilingual, feminist magazine, Women's Education des femmes. After over a
decade of addressing barriers to education and training for women and girls,
the magazine was shut when federal funding for women's issues dried up. From
the ashes, Starr’s freelance career was launched (see editing), including work as a non-profit
administrator and skilled grants consultant.
Starr's concurrent career as a multi-faceted artist has embraced writing, theatre, and filmmaking. Her theatre work has been produced across Canada and in the US to critical acclaim, and her writing credits include contributions to numerous journals and publications, including Queering the Way, Who's Your Daddy? and Outspoken: A Canadian Collection of Lesbian Scenes and Monologues. Her regular column in Xtra! earned an Honorable Mention for Humour in the North American Gay and Lesbian Journalism Awards.
Starr's filmmaking began in 2012 with Putting the "I" in Trans, a mockumentary addressing the misrepresentation of trans identities. It won Best GenderBender Short at the 2012 Hamburg International LGBTQ Film Festival. Older Than What?, about the experiences of 2SLGBTQ seniors, was released in 2017 and won 5 awards internationally. Starr's current short film, This is What the World Looks Like When You're Gone, a poetic reflection on family conflict, loss, and resolution, has to date won Best Documentary at the Women Over Fifty Film Festival in the UK as well as 3rd Place, Audience Choice. For upcoming screenings of the film, see upcoming.