Hilary Thayer Hamann was born and raised in New York. After her parents divorced, she was shuttled between their respective homes in the Hamptons and the Bronx. She attended New York University, where she received a B.F.A. in Film & Television Production and Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, an M.A. in Cinema Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and a Certificate in Anthropological Filmmaking from NYUï¿½s Center for Media, Culture, and History. Ms. Hamann edited and contributed to Categories - On The Beauty of Physics (2006), an interdisciplinary educational book that was included in Louisiana State Universityï¿½s list of top 25 non-fiction books written since 1950. As the assistant to Jacques dï¿½Amboise, founder and artistic director of the National Dance Institute, Ms. Hamann produced We Real Cool, a short film based on the Gwendolyn Brooks poem, directed by Academy Award-winning director Emile Ardolino. She also coordinated an international exchange with students from America and the then Soviet Union based on literature, music, and art. She has worked in New Yorkï¿½s film, publishing, and entertainment industries, and is co-director of Films on the Haywall, a classic film series in Bridgehampton, New York. Ms Hamann lives in Manhattan and on Long Island.