Photo by Andi Crown photography, Auckland, New Zealand, 2021.


  • Kirsty feels truly at home on set as an actress and director working to help bring stories to their best iteration on screen.
  • Her last short film, Cold, starred Matthew Sunderland and premiered at the Sandy Dennis Film Festival, USA, 2018.
  • Kirsty graduated the New Zealand drama School at age 20, and went on to play the lead in Costa Botes feature Saving Grace, for which she received a best actress nomination at the New Zealand Film and Television awards.
  • She has worked extensively as an actor in theater and played numerous roles.
  • She was chosen for a fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe theater in London in 2007 by the SGCNZ.
  • Kirsty graduated from European Act, an acting and screen writing intensive with London Actor’s Center & in association with RADA.
  • She earned her Masters from the International Institute of Modern Letters in creative writing, script – at Victoria University in Wellington.
  • She holds an Honors Degree in Screen Production in 2016 where she directed her first two short films Kat and Breathe.
  • She has a Dip Grad Sec Teaching degree in Drama and English and studied Te reo Māori papers at Vic Uni in 2006 and 2007.
  • Kirsty continues to act which feeds into her work as a writer and director and into her teaching/coaching work with actors.
Kirsty Hamilton, Matthew Sunderland, Peter Feeney, on set, 2018.