Amy Crider has a BA in theater from Goddard College, but did not return to theater again until 2008, completing the sketch writing program at Second City. She has been studying playwriting at Chicago Dramatists since 2009, where her work has been in the Ten Minute Workshop and three Scene Shop Showcases. In 2012, she was accepted into the LaMaMa International Playwrights Retreat in Spoleto, Italy. In 2013 her full length play The Death of Captain Hero was a semi-finalist at the O’Neill, and a first place winner at the Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 14th Annual New Plays Festival, where it received a staged reading at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in Minnesota. In 2013 her short play The Waiting Room was given a reading by F.A.C.T. theater company in New York City, and her ten minute play Fading Away was produced by the Women’s Theatre Alliance in Chicago. In 2014, her full length play Locked Ward received a reading by Three Cat Productions in their Second Annual New Works Festival, and her ten minute play Page Ten was a first place winner and received a reading at Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 15th Annual New Plays Festival. Amy has an MA in Teaching and was at one time a social studies teacher.