Danielle Mages Amato

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Danielle Mages Amato works for The Old Globe theatre in San Diego, California. When she's not collaborating with playwrights on new work or researching obscure facts about theatre history, she writes YA novels about the places where the past and the present collide. Her novel The Hidden Memory of Objects is coming from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins in March 2017. She is a member of SCBWI, and is represented by Lana Popovic of Chalberg & Sussman.

The Hidden Memory of Objects


GOOD NEWS: The Hidden Memory of Objects has been optioned for television! Read the Variety announcement for more information.

Megan Brown’s brother Tyler is dead, but the police want to kill him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicidal, but the Tyler that Megan remembers—the beloved, vivacious golden boy of their wealthy Virginia suburb—would never get involved with drugs, let alone take his own life. Determined to keep her cherished memories of her brother alive, Megan sets out to investigate what happened to him in the weeks leading up to his death.

All she has to work with are the things Tyler left behind. But Megan understands the stories objects can tell; at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, Megan soon discovers that her artistic talent has developed into something more: Fueled by her grief, she can now see memories attached to Tyler’s belongings, memories that reveal a brother she never knew.

Desperate to use her new ability to find out more about Tyler, Megan enlists an artifact detective, a historian who may share her gift, a man who specializes in “murderabilia,” objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners. With the help of a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, Megan uncovers troubling truths not only about her brother but also about corruption and social injustice in the nation’s capital.

Coming March 21, 2017, from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins.

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Upcoming Events

June 22: A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
August 26: San Diego Festival of Books, San Diego, CA
October 10: Writers Read, Falbrook, CA

Theatre Writing


What is a Dramaturg?

Me talking about dramaturgy on the fabulous writing podcast Narrative Breakdown!


Stories from a Small House

My ongoing blog series on theatre performed for tiny audiences.


Current Research

Dramaturgical research for productions I'm working on at The Old Globe.


Let's get in touch

To contact me directly, fill out the form and hit submit, or find me at one of the social media links below. My work is represented by Lana Popovic of Chalberg & Sussman.

Cover image: "Lincoln Memorial" by Nonac_Digi.
Other photos by Basheer Tome, Clark, and Lane Pearman. CC BY 2.0