Amy Crider

Playwright and Novelist

You can order my new novel Disorder here!


Amy Crider is a playwright and novelist.



Disorder, a murder mystery novel, won the University of New Orleans Lab Prize. Coming out in November, it can be ordered here. It is also available for Kindle and the audio book is read by Obie award-winning actress Mia Barron.

Reviews for Disorder:

Publishers Weekly: "The ingenius plot will keep the reader guessing. Psychological thriller fans will want to check this out."

Foreword Reviews: "Tender and tortured in equal measure, Amy Crider's Disorder is a mystery that gradually reveals itself to be a perceptive character study."

"Honest and riveting." Sara Paretsky, creator of V. I. Warshawski.


Metadata had its world premiere in September 2021, directed by Davette J. Franklin at Dreamers YOLO Studio in Chicago. Here's a video of the play.

About Metadata, Clubbed Thumb Theatre commented: "It's at once a rivetingly paranoid, gently Kafka-esque fable for the digital age, and a very grounded, lovingly-observed portrait of a fraying relationship."

Most of my plays are on the National New Play Exchange.

A podcast of my plays here: Continuous Dream, or if you prefer Apple Podcasts, that is here.

Fourteen won the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Contest. It can be viewed here. Judge Peter Hagan said, "It's very moving... it's sweet... I laughed out loud... Amy Crider is a real playwright."

Born in Ohio in 1961 and raised in rural upstate New York, Amy Crider earned a BA in theater from Goddard College, then an MA in education, and didn't return to theater again until 2008, with the writing program at Second City. She spent ten years with Chicago Dramatists, capping her studies in their first Master Class.

"The priest doesn't save you by his sermon. He saves you because water is turned into wine and wine is turned into blood. You are saved through wonder. Theater is that kind of wonder."