Amy Crider was born in 1961 in Cleveland, and raised in the small dairy farming village of Sauquoit, New York, which was the birthplace of Asa Grey, world famous botanist. She attended several colleges, graduating with a BA in theater from Goddard, and later earned an MA in teaching there. She had originally planned to be a movie director, but her experience directing a play in college decided her against that. With graduate studies in history, she was certified to teach high school social studies.

She didn’t pursue theater again until 2008, having moved to Chicago. There she earned a sketch writing certificate from Second City. (Picture at left. That mural has since been removed when Pipers Alley underwent remodeling.) Aside from being a famous improv theater, Second City is a training center offering numerous classes. The program culminated in a sketch show in Donny’s Skybox, Second City’s student theater, in 2008.

She has continued to study playwriting at Chicago Dramatists. In 2013, her play The Death of Captain Hero was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.  Since then she has had play readings around the country. In 2017 The Death of Captain Hero was also a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award. 

Between 2000 and 2015, she also wrote two as yet unpublished novels: Disorder, a murder mystery,
 and Kells, a historical novel about monks creating The Book of Kells.

In 2012, Amy was chosen to attend the LaMaMa International Playwrights retreat in Spoleto, Italy, where she participated in a Moment Workshop run by Leigh Fondakowski of Tectonic Theatre Company.  Other playwrights she has studied with include Dana Lynn Formby and Philip Dawkins.  

Amy’s writing is eclectic, ranging from ancient Greece, to a modern psych ward, a claustrophobic office, or 1961 Paris.  Her characters are vulnerable, insightful, and resilient.   

Writing is often an act of discovery, a journey that character and author take together.

Photos on Homepage:

Clockwise from upper left: Amy Crider (by Pic-Chick); View out her window (by Amy); View out window in Italy during LaMaMa retreat (by Amy); a heron in River Park, Chicago (by Amy), Amy c. 1988, North Park in Chicago (by Amy)