Amelia Merrill

Amelia Merrill

Amelia Merrill is a playwright and arts journalist from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Dickinson College and is currently based in New York. She recently served as an editorial intern with American Theatre magazine.

My work investigates the constructs and confines of girlhood and femininity, often with an eye toward the Jewish experience. I'm not really...
Amelia Merrill is a playwright and arts journalist from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Dickinson College and is currently based in New York. She recently served as an editorial intern with American Theatre magazine.

My work investigates the constructs and confines of girlhood and femininity, often with an eye toward the Jewish experience. I'm not really interested in getting to the "truth" of something—I'm more interested in how we define and shape the truth. Some topics I explore in my plays include the creation of modern cultural myths, the intricacies of adaptation, the relationship between climate change, youth, and the body, how communal trauma affects personal growth, and—always—the relationship between a body and the space it's in.

I'm also an arts journalist, and you can find my published work at ameliamerrill.contently.com.

Plays

  • Dear Kitty: a travesty
    Trapped somewhere unknown, a girl sits at a desk: writing, waiting, creating, destroying. In a room from which there's no escape, five women play games to simulate the life and legacy of Anne Frank. When it comes time for one of them to be sacrificed, they must figure out who among them is the real Anne Frank—or if such a determination is even possible.

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  • Mingus
    16 Jan. 2020
    A play that injects "the personal is political" into every moment without making a reader feel like they're being lectured to. MINGUS subverts expectations of the student/professor relationship—and then it subverts them again.