Maryanne Melloan Woods

Maryanne Melloan Woods is a playwright, screenwriter and educator whose plays have been produced throughout the United States.  Raised in London and New Jersey, Maryanne received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Drew University and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Maryanne’s plays have been produced by theatres and programs such as HBO’s New Writers Project, the Mark Taper Forum, Foundry Theatre Works, The Joint Theatre Company and First Stage in Los Angeles, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, About Face and TheatreTweed in New York, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo and the Barn Theatre in New Jersey.

Maryanne has won the New England Theatre Conference’s John Gassner Playwriting Contest and the Venice (CA) Playwrights’ Festival.  She also received a playwriting grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Her play, Smells Like Gin, was the first play produced by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey.  She has had residencies at the Dorset Colony House in Vermont and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

In her career as a tv writer/producer, Maryanne has written shows for networks incuding Showtime, NBC, ABC, Fox, the WB, Nickelodeon and ABC Family.   She’s also developed tv pilots for Walt Disney TV and Paramount.

She has taught screenwriting at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York, UCLA and the American Film Institute, and served as a panelist for tv writing seminars at NYU and the University of Wisconsin.  Maryanne was also a mentor/teacher for The Unusual Suspects, a playwriting workshop for at-risk teens in L.A.

Maryanne is the author of the non-fiction book, Rock and Roll Revealed.  She is currently working on a novel based on one of her tv pilots.



Maryanne’s IMDB

Dropping the Bomb on My Street

— writer, 1994

Meats & Jesus (Short)

— writer, 1994

Mckenna (TV series)

— writer, 1994

Vanishing Son (TV series)

— writer, 1995

Partners (TV series)

— story editor & writer, 1995-1996

Suddenly Susan (TV series)

— executive story editor & writer, 1996-1997

The Tom Show (TV series)

— writer & co-producer, 1997-1998

The Army Show (TV series)

— writer & producer, 1997-1998

The Chris Isaak Show (TV series)

— writer & supervising producer, 2004

Three Moons over Milford (TV series)

— writer & consultant producer, 2006




Home Court

— produced and developed with Writers Theatre of New Jersey

Newscaster’s Mother (full-length/comedy)

— developed with Writers Theatre of New Jersey

Smells Like Gin

— produced by Writers Theatre of New Jersey

— awarded a prize in the Glassner competition in New England




Rock and Roll Revealed (non-fiction)

Project Description and Goals

The project I’ll be working on during my NJWPP year is a full-length play called The Newscaster’s Mother. It’s the story of a woman whose life is upended by — among other things — a scandal involving her newscaster son.  One of the themes of the play centers around our media-saturated culture and it’s effect on the play’s characters.  On a more intimate level, it’s the story of a family, it’s long-festering conflicts and even deeper bonds.

I’m looking forward to working with John and the group.  Much of my professional career has been as a tv writer, and I miss the group dynamic of a writers’ roundtable.  I also look forward to the feedback of the actors involved in the readings.

My objective is to complete and polish the play by the end of the program.