Stayci has a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Otago, and an MA in Film, Television and Media Studies from the University of Auckland. Her first major writing commission was for Otago University’s Capping Show in 1991.
Hailing from Dunedin’s Allen Hall Theatre of the ‘80s, and a graduate of Melbourne’s John Bolton Theatre School (1992), Stayci’s theatre making began with improv and devised collaborations.
In 2002 her play Couch was selected for Playmarket’s National Playwrights Forum Workshop Series and went on to productions for NASDA in 2003, and Toi Whakaari in 2005. Since 2008 she has collaborated with Lucy Schmidt on musical comedy plays Hits of ’74 and Hits of ’83.
Her writing for television includes the comedy series Brown Bruthaz and the Māori language learning drama series Whānau. Kōrero Mai, for which she wrote storylines, scripts and presenter links for eight seasons, won the Qantas Television Award for Best Māori Programme in 2005. It was also a Qantas Media Award finalist for Best Information/Education Programme that same year. Stayci was Head Writer on Ākina, a bi-lingual drama for Māori Television.