September 2013

NY, NY – Melisa’s plays have been developed and/or produced in New York City: We Play for the Gods (Cherry Lane), Jackson Heights 3AM (Queens Theatre), Refrain (Wild Project), Familium Vulgare (Rising Circle/Theatre Row, New Dramatists, Subjective/Under St. Marks Theatre), Underdogs and Hi-Profile (NY Madness/Primary Stages Studios), Daughter of Heaven (Theater for the New City, Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center), Ginger (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Secret Life of the Office Worker (Theater at Riverside Church), Yes, Madly (Second Stage), The Hiding Place (59E59), Azad Nazem [Free Verse] (Manhattan Rep), and Odyssey (The Tank/Collective Unconscious); in Garden City, NY: Hindsight (Adelphi University); in Baton Rouge, LA: Hindsight (Hatcher Theater); in Aspen, CO: The Hiding Place (Theater Masters/Black Box); and in Mumbai, India: Daughter of Heaven (Mumbai University). She has presented work at the Women Playwrights International Conference and the Great Plains Theatre Conference co-founded by Edward Albee; she was a 2007 Winner of the Theater Masters MFA Playwright Award and a recipient of a 2011 residency at Byrdcliffe; and she has taught playwriting to kids via 52nd Street Project, Q Up, and Center for Talented Youth, and to undergraduates and grad students via Columbia University. Melisa holds a BA in English from UCLA, an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, and a Culinary Diploma from the French Culinary Institute. She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab.

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