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. She is also passionate about the writing process and crafting screenplays.

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.