About Amy

"I write plays about ordinary people whose lives are changed by extraordinary events." 

Amy Merrill is a Boston, Massachusetts playwright, producer, and author of many plays.

For many years, she has been involved in research and writing about war and the American veteran’s experience. As an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Amy taught, for many years, a course on the modern literature of war (World War I, Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan). In development: THE SQUARE, a full-length play about an American veteran, his marriage, and the 2007 massacre in Nisour Square, Baghdad.

Recently, Amy has participated, as an organizer and featured playwright, in The Basra-Boston Project: Exploring Common and Uncommon Experiences Through Art and Ideas. Her IN THE REEDS, a short play about marsh destruction in Southern Iraq, was presented at 2016 Basra-Boston events in Basra and Iraq in 2016. The next Basra-Boston project is HER STORY IS- Iraqi and US Writers in Conversation, a workshop of Iraqi and Boston-area artists to take place in Dubai, this December, 2017.

Amy is also one of four playwrights who have written a piece- THE PULSE PROJECT: THE PLAY- about the June, 2016 Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida. Read more about this project and upcoming events on The Pulse Page. For more information, go to:

Amy received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She is a former nurse. She founded Blackbird Plays and Productions, LLC and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, the Brandeis University Arts Council and Alumni Board.

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