AMDA Faculty since: 2015
Amy Weingartner has a dynamic and varied career in publishing, comics, film, animation and music as a writer, book editor, teacher, producer and entertainment executive. She began her career at D.C. Comics/Warner Bros. on Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns,” and then became a book editor and comics writer for D.C. Comics in New York. She moved over to comics business rival Marvel Entertainment, where she edited Spider-Man Magazine, working with legendary creator Stan Lee.
For the past 15 years, Amy has worked with Disney Publishing in New York and Los Angeles, most recently as an editorial director, book editor and licensing manager.
She is the author of over a dozen published books. Selected works include Disney/ Pixar Inside Out Cinestory (editor); The Masterworks of Animation (series writer/editor); original storybook: Frozen: Anna & Elsa’s Winter’s End Festival; Disney Infinity chapter book series writer: Toy Box Trouble!, Treasure Hunt!, Ice Race!, and Heroes For a Day!; original fiction: Westward Bound; Barnabas, The Time Traveler; The Rise and Fall of Knight Eric; and The Morningstar Sun (a play.)
Her nonfiction essays and original fiction have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The Massachusetts Review.
Amy’s taught creative writing at AMDA, Los Angeles; and her previous college teaching experience was at Westfield University (Westfield, MA), World Literature; Mercy College (New York), Elements of Exposition; and, (as founder of the Mercy College Writing Workshop series,) journalism, personal essay, and creative writing; Newbury College (Boston, MA), English composition, business communication.
Amy completed her M.F.A. degree in writing with an emphasis on the short story. Her critical thesis was on visual storytelling and graphic narratives, focusing on the graphic memoir Fun Home, which was adapted into the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
M.F.A., Writing, Union Institute and University
M.A., English, Boston University
B.A., English, Ithaca College