Nyssa Chow


Nyssa Chow is a writer, new media storyteller and educator. She is a core member of OHMA's faculty.

Nyssa is an alum of both Columbia’s MFA Program and OHMA. Her thesis, Intersecting Histories: The Story of Her Skin, won the 2017 Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award. She was awarded the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History, which recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history, for Still.Life. Nyssa was also a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Women in Film and Television Fellowship, the Toms Fellowship, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation Award. She was the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Grant, and in 2014, she won the Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. Her nonfiction essay, “How to Become a Monster,” was published in the Spring 2018 issue of Ploughshares.

Nyssa has taught writing for film and theories of meaning creation in narrative at SUNY Purchase and has been working with OHMA students as a Teaching Fellow since 2016. Nyssa will be teaching a year-long sequence of classes on narrative, writing, visual thinking and multimedia storytelling for OHMA.

Named a Princeton Arts Fellow, Nyssa will be on leave from 2019-2021.