An award-winning, Pittsburgh-based writer and resident playwright at New Dramatists, Tammy's work confronts contemporary social issues through the lens of personal relationships. Her plays have been performed for audiences across the country as well as internationally.


• Francesca Primus Prize, ATCA

• 2020 Haas Fellow, PlayPenn

• New Dramatists Resident Playwright 

Highlighted Plays


"Sisters rent a beach house to say goodbye to their late sister when they find themselves caught in a hurricane of the same name."


"An overstressed electrical grid leads to a citywide blackout and a sudden loss of innocence." 

"An unflinching examination of the impact of gun violence and the difficult necessity of grief." 

When Stef is shot down in a random act of gun violence, her fifteen-year-old niece, Cassie, begins dreaming her back into existence. In the months after the shooting, each family member is confronted with the question... 


Brand New!

"Agatha Christie mystery gets a Pittsburgh update . . . Ryan brings the prolific mystery novelist’s thrilling suspense to a newly adapted play."

Tyler Dague, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

on North of Forbes

In the Media

"Tammy Ryan’s dialogue is rapid fire and she seems to have tapped into the ghosts of family arguments everywhere. This is a big, thick slice of life.”

Sherri Rase, Q on Stage

on Tar Beach

“This finely crafted family drama is laced with just the right amount of humor. It is a thought-provoking piece of theatre."

Marina Kennedy, Broadway World

on The Wake