Staff Directory

Meet the staff of the Writing Program.

Picture of Kathy Cochran, Interim Director of the Writing Program
Picture of Tracy Weiner, Senior Associate Director of the Writing Program
Picture of Ashley Lyons, Associate Director of the Writing Program

Kathryn Cochran


Interim Director of the Writing Program

Senior Instructional Professor Humanities Collegiate Division

Tracy Weiner


Senior Associate Director

Ashley Lyons


Associate Director

Ashley Lyons has been working with the Writing Program since 2010. Ashley received an MA in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from UChicago in 2009 and has shifted gears to focus on teaching writing pedagogy, developing writing resources and providing pedagogical support for graduate and undergraduate students.

Picture of Crystal Holmes, Assistant Director of the Writing Program
Picture of T Lacy, Assistant Director of the Writing Program
Picture of Sarah Bonanno, Assistant Director of the Writing Program

Crystal Holmes


Assistant Director

Crystal began teaching writing at UChicago in 2014 and became an Assistant Director in 2020. She helps develop writing curricula for high school students, college students, and professionals. She is currently working to design engaging and effective remote writing instruction for members of the UChicago community.

T Lacy


Assistant Director

T Lacy joined the Writing Program staff first in 2016 as a Writing intern and MAPH Mentor after graduating from the Master’s of Arts in the Humanities the same year. After leaving to teach after school programming and executive functioning at a Chicago youth center, T then joined the Writing Program again in 2019 as a Writing Specialist, and now serves as an Assistant Director.

Sarah Bonanno


Assistant Director

Sarah began working for the Writing Program in 2018 as a writing tutor during her MA program at UChicago where she concentrated in Theater and Performance Studies. Since then, Sarah has worked as a Writing Specialist in the UChicago Humanities Core. Currently, Sarah assists the Writing Program in teaching writing, developing pedagogical resources, and training graduate students.

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Ryan Oliveira


Program Coordinator

Ryan Oliveira is a playwright, dramaturg, and solo performer. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa (2015) and has collaborated as playwright and dramaturg with theatres in Chicago, New York City, Austin, TX and Mesa, AZ. He has also taught playwriting, criticism, and performance history at various universities.