Tammy Ryan

Tammy Ryan is a playwright and librettist whose work has been performed across the United States and abroad. She was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theater Critics Association for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (Premiere Stages/Playwrights Theater of New Jersey.) Tar Beach, (Luna Stage) was an honoree for the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, finalist for the Terrence McNally Award and the Source Theater Festival. It was included on “The List” compiled by the Kilroys in 2014 and nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Other plays include Soldier’s Heart, Dark Part of the Forest (Premiere Stages) A Confluence of Dreaming, Baby’s Blues, FBI Girl (Pittsburgh Playhouse), and The Music Lesson (Florida Stage/2001 Carbonell Award Best Production/2004 AATE Distinguished New Play Award). Her latest play Molly's Hammer was also nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and received a world premiere production at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis in 2016. Ryan is based in Pittsburgh where she teaches playwriting at Point Park University.



  • (Women’s) History Matters
    Playwright and professor Tammy Ryan explores three initiatives seeking to introduce historic and contemporary plays written by women (back) into the canon.
  • In Search of an Artistic Sabbatical
    Playwright and educator Tammy Ryan speaks to the benefits of taking a break in a field when there seems to be constant pressure to always be producing.
  • A Tale of One Play in Two Cities
    The trajectory of playwright Tammy Ryan’s play Lost Boy in Whole Foods about Sudanese refugees in America and how a play about refugees plays today.
  • The Guns in My Plays
    Playwright Tammy Ryan talks about the role of guns in her older and more recent plays.