Elizabeth Hemmerdinger is CEO of Providence Media, a production company she founded in 2009. The company focuses on creating strong, complex stories about the lives of women. She is the founder of “Behind The Scenes at Tisch,” a program dedicated to developing works by new writers at New York University, where she earned her MFA in dramatic writing in 2003. She won the Harry Kondoleon playwriting prize and her play, We Can Do It!, won the Goldberg Prize. As a writer, screenwriter and producer, she has created many plays, documentaries, and films. Her documentary The Homestretch received an award in the Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting: Long Form category at the 37th Annual New & Documentary Emmy Awards. She has served as the Executive Producer on The Real Rosie the Riveter Project, a growing collection of filmed oral histories by the award-winning Spargel Productions. Hemmerdinger has taught literacy at the Bedford Hills Correctional Center, served as a panelist and mentor at the Vassar College Drama and Film Conference, and sits on the Dean’s Council of the Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s Voices for Change and a contributor to its website. Hemmerdinger also is a founding Board member of Dancing Dreams, which offers girls with severe physical disabilities the chance to dance. She joined the PEN America Board in 2015.