Tammy Ryan’s award winning plays have been commissioned, developed and performed across the United States and internationally at such theaters as The Alliance Theater Company, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Company, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dorset Theater Festival, Stamford Theater Works, 29th Street Rep, City Theater Company, The Pittsburgh Playhouse and Bricolage Production Company among many others.
In 2012 she won the Francesca Primus Prize awarded by the American Theater Critics Association for her play LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS which was a featured play at the National New Play Network’s National Showcase and premiered in a co-production at Premiere Stages and Playwrights Theater of New Jersey. SOLDIER’S HEART, her play about sexual assault in the military premiered at THE REP of the Pittsburgh Playhouse in September 2013 and found critical acclaim. TAR BEACH, a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree as well as a finalist for the Terrence McNally Award and the Source Theater Festival, was workshopped at Luna Stage in 2013.
In 2014 she was also honored to receive an Investing in Pittsburgh’s Professional Artists Region Grant from the Heinz and Pittsburgh Foundations to adapt the book Hammer of Justice: Molly Rush and the Plowshares Eight by Liane Ellison Norman to the stage.
Other honors include the American Alliance of Theater in Education’s Distinguished Play Award, a Creative Heights Residency Grant from the Heinz Foundation, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Creative Achievement Award and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Ryan’s work has been developed by the New Harmony Project, The Bonderman and the Lark and she has held residencies at Hambidge Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatic Publishing Company, Playscripts and is included in many anthologies.
Ryan is currently at work on the libretto for a new opera, inspired by Rachel Carson’s SILENT SPRING titled DREAM OF A COMPANY WIFE with composer Gilda Lyons commissioned by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh for production in 2015.
Ryan is an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University’s department of Cinema and Digital Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.