Amy Punt is a screenwriter, essayist and new opera librettist. Her libretto, Mirror Game, with composer Celka Ojakangas is a 2019 recipient of the Opera America Development Grant for Female Composers and was commissioned by Portland State University where it will premier in November of 2019. Her first opera, The Place Where You Started, music by Mark Lanz Weiser, was first commissioned by Portland State University and premiered in 2016. It then went on for a run in Shanghai, China and in 2018 received its Los Angeles debut. Both productions featured Stage Director, Kristine McIntyre’s visionary direction. Punt’s essays have been spotlighted in publications like Salon, Alternet and in literary journals The Weeklings and The Rathalla Review. She has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell. 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.