Amy Drake | Breakout Session
"Early Women Playwrights and How Their Work has Shaped Modern Theater"
About this session: Amy will present a session on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century plays by women. These women of the theater have been overlooked far too long by theater historians. It is part of Amy's mission to bring awareness to these works and playwrights so that they may take their rightful place in the theater cannon. It is her hope that these works will become part of the university theater curriculum.
Amy Drake wrote her first play at age five. She is a writer, director, television and stage actor, conference speaker, author, and poet. Appeared in the Emmy award-winning episode of COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS: CLINTONVILLE. Winner of the Silver Quill of Excellence in web writing from the International Association of Business Communicators. Over a dozen of her plays have been performed in various U.S. festivals. EYES LIKE OPAQUE GEMS, won Most Popular Play in the MITF Short Play Lab and her short play, MODEL BEHAVIOR, toured the U.S. with the Little Black Dress Festival. Won Best Director award from Theatre Roundtable for NIGHT MUST FALL. Specializes in period pieces. Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Board member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Producer’s Perspective PRO, and the Gustav Mahler Society of New York. Amy holds a M.A. in liberal studies/English degree from Ohio Dominican University and a M.S. degree in marketing and communication. Her education includes summer programs at Yale University, Cambridge University, graduate studies at Reed Hall, Paris, and playwriting at the Kenyon (College) Summer Institute. Amy resides in Ohio with her husband, cats, and rabbits.