Amy Punt is an, essayist, new opera librettist and screenwriter. Recently, she was commissioned for a new opera, Turbulent Mirror, with composer Celka Ojakangas. It follows the story of three women in a gaming company as they compete for the same promotion. It premiers in Portland in the fall of 2019. Her first opera by composer Mark Lanz Weiser, The Place Where You Started, was first commissioned by Portland State University and premiered in 2016 and went on for a run in Shanghai, China. It then received its Los Angeles debut in 2017. Both productions featured Stage Director, Kristine McIntyre’s visionary direction. Punt’s writings have been spotlighted in publications like Salon.com, Alternet.com and in literary journals TheWeeklings.com and The Rathalla Review. She has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC. Originally from Chicago, Punt began her career writing and directing original plays for The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Bailiwick Repertory, and Strawdog Theater Ensemble. After receiving her Master of Directing for Cinema/ TV and Communication at Regent University, she moved to Los Angeles and began working at The Writers Boot Camp where she had the opportunity to develop scripts with Warner Brothers Animation and teach screenwriters professional development of their screenplays. Punt coaches professional screenwriters through her screenwriting development company at DrillItDownScripts.com.