Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Amy Berryman

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Amy Berryman is a playwright, screenwriter, actor, and teaching artist originally from Seattle by way of West Texas. She is currently working on an original scripted podcast for Gimlet and Composition 8 and has TV projects in development with Warner Bros. Berryman was the recipient of the Cornelia Street Playwriting Award 2023 and was a member of the Center Theatre Group's Writers' Workshop in 2023.

Her play Walden, produced by Sonia Friedman and directed by Ian Rickson, premiered on London’s West End in May 2021. Walden was also produced at TheaterWorks Hartford in August 2021 and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Other full-length plays include The New Galileos (O’Neill Finalist 2019); Three Year Summer; Epiphany, Or What Would You? (finalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, O'Neill Semi-Finalist 2020); and The Whole of You.

At MacDowell Berryman wrote the first draft of her sci-fi play, currently titled The Treatment, about a world where a treatment has been developed that will stop humans from aging. She also rewrote her Sloan commission for the Manhattan Theatre Club, titled God’s Flesh, about psychedelic therapy.


Irving Fine

Amy Berryman worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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