NHIA Faculty

Wendy Hammond

MFA Writing for Stage and Screen Faculty

Contact

email - WendyHammon@nhia.edu

Wendy Hammond is a produced playwright and screenwriter who is an assistant arts professor in the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has been in Singapore since the fall of 2008 at the inception of Tisch’s new Dramatic Writing Program and was instrumental in shaping it. In the four and a half years she taught at TischAsia, her students and graduates won over 30 film and writing awards and over 150 of their productions have been screened at major film festivals, broadcast locally and internationally, and produced on stages in Singapore, the U.S., and countries around the world.  Although TischAsia School of the Arts has enjoyed unprecedented artistic and professional successes, it will soon close because of political conflicts and Wendy will be returning to teaching in the U.S. Her professionally produced plays include The Ghostman, Jersey City, Family Life: 3 Brutal Comedies, Absence, Road Rage: a Love Story, and Suzy Psychopath. They have been produced by New York City theatres (Atlantic Theatre, Second Stage, Soho Rep, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art), by regional theatres (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf, Salt Lake Acting Company, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, and Purple Rose Theatre Company), in London, Milan, Tel Aviv, and Singapore. Wendy’s produced screenplays include A Beautiful Life, based on her play, Jersey City, co-written by Deborah Calla and produced by Calla Productions; Lehi’s Wife, produced by the American Film Institute and Calla Productions; and Julie Johnson, based on her play, produced by Shooting Gallery Films, starring Lili Taylor, Courtney Love, and Spalding Gray, directed by Bob Gosse that premiered in the Sundance Film Festival and played in film festivals all over the world winning many awards including Best Feature in the Barcelona Film Festival and an Audience Award in Berlin.  She has also dramaturged many plays and screenplays and has worked as a literary manager for Soho Rep and the Baystreet Theatre Festival. Wendy has been a visiting lecturer in literary arts at Brown University, where she taught the advanced screenwriting course to graduates and undergraduates and conducted independent studies in screenwriting. She has also been a visiting lecturer in the film department at Connecticut College, where she taught the intermediate screenwriting course for undergraduates. She has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where she was an assistant professor of playwriting, a lecturer in screenwriting, and coordinator of dramatic writing. She was an adjunct professor of playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College, where she taught creative writing literature and wrote about performance. She taught creative writing workshops to prisoners in the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward, as well as playwriting classes in New Dramatists, Circle Repertory Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre, Theatre Emory, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Actors Information Project. She was on the faculty of New York Stage and Film at Vassar College, the Writers at Work Writers Conference, and the Sewanee Writers Conference, where she co-taught three years with Tina Howe and two years with Horton Foote in the summer conference playwriting workshops. Among other awards, Wendy has received a Drama League Award for Playwriting and five Detroit Free Press Theatre Excellence Awards. She has twice attended the Sundance Institute Playwright Conference and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, as well as the Steppenwolf Theatre Workshop, the American Film Institute’s Directors Workshop for Women, and has been nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for Best New American Play. She holds a BFA in theatre from the University of Utah, an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, and an MDiv from Yale. “A truly thrilling part of my life is, and has been, creating a safe space for students to explore their talent, grapple with craft, take risks, find their wild voices, play and laugh, face the world’s darkness and absurdity as well as its love, and push the limits of what theatre can do. Besides my experience as a playwright, theater practitioner and screenwriter, I believe I offer a fervent belief in students, in their humanity, humor and talent, and an ability to provide a caring, challenging place for theatre artists to risk, expose and blossom. Writers are in the business of making meaning out of experience.  Right now, given the profound issues facing our world, this meaning-making business is more important than ever.  I believe the playwrights and screenwriters of the near future have a sacred duty to evoke tears and laughter over what is, and to hold up a vision of what could be.”