about amy drake

artist's statement

For the last eight years I have dedicated my life to the theater as a playwright, actor, and director. I pursue my work with passion and exuberance.  I even went back to school and earned two master’s degrees, one in marketing and communications and the other in liberal studies/English, specifically to improve the quality and exposure of my plays. My former accounting work has helped me immeasurably in the being able to manage the business of show biz.

Many of my plays are steeped in history. I use my play research as the basis for talks at academic conferences and journal articles. My interest in history has led me to discover the works of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century female playwrights including Elizabeth Carey, Hannah Cowley, Susanna Centlivre, Mary Pix, and others. Part of my professional mission is to bring to light the works of these and other early female playwrights so that they may take their rightful place in the theater cannon.

amy's plays

Amy Drake wrote her first play at age five.  Winner of the Silver Quill of Excellence in web writing from the International Association of Business Communicators. Over a dozen of her plays have been performed in various US festivals. EYES LIKE OPAQUE GEMS, won Most Popular Play in the MITF Short Play Lab and her short play, MODEL BEHAVIOR, toured the U.S. with the Little Black Dress Festival. She specializes in period pieces. Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Board member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and the Gustav Mahler Society of New York. Amy holds a M.A. in liberal studies/English degree from Ohio Dominican University and a M.S. degree in marketing and communication from Franklin University. Her education includes programs at Yale University, Cambridge University, graduate studies at Reed Hall, Paris and playwriting at the Kenyon (College) Summer Institute. Amy resides in Ohio with her husband, cats, and rabbits.

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Acting & Directing

Amy Drake is an actor, write, director, author and speaker. She appeared in the Emmy-winning episode of COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS: CLINTONVILLE and in COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS: WORTHINGTON. She has also appeared as a principle in commercials for OHIO LOTTERY, MONTANA HEALTHCARE, and SAY “YES” TO THE DRESS. Amy has acted in ads for Consumer Energy of Michigan, Powell Vision, Hollywood Casino, and others. She has acted in Indie films including ACTS OF GOD, GOD DON’T MAKE THE LAWS, SEPARATION ANXIETY, and MALFUNCTION IN UNIT 10. Her plays have been produced in various US festivals. Amy has acted on stage with Actors’ Theatre of Columbus and as a super with Opera Columbus. She holds an MS in marketing and communication and an MA in liberals studies/English. Her education includes writing programs at Yale, Cambridge University and playwriting at the Kenyon (College) Summer Institute. Amy took a course in on-camera work at Actors’ Access, New York.

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Writing, speaking, and workshops

Amy is also an author, currently co-authoring a book on veterinary best practices for end-of life animal care. She and her co-author, Dr. Heather Fees, DVM, are rolling out a workshop on developing and maintaining compassion and resiliency in the animal care profession. Our goal is to expand this presentation for other professions. Find out more about holding a workshop for your organization by contacting me at amydrake1018@aol.com.

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services

Playwriting on commission, conference speaker, actor, co-author or ghost writer, and writing and editing newsletters.

Video from an Ohio Lottery commercial