Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre
Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre, Boston. The Mellon Foundation funds this three-year residency. She is the author of Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Co, North Coast Rep) and Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton Award Huntington Theatre, Steppenwolf, Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and many others.) Other plays include Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theatre, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse), a new translation of Blood Wedding (Suffolk University), God Smells Like a Roast Pig (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award-- Outstanding Solo Performance), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Coconut Grove Playhouse), The Order of Things (CentaStage, award winner--Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays). Melinda is currently working on a new translation of Yerma for ACT. Her new play Back the Night will premiere at the Boston Playwrights Theatre, Feb 2015. Her one-woman show, Mala, will be part of the 2016-2017 Arts Emerson season. Ms. Lopez was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American Theatre.” She has served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cambridge Arts Panel, and has enjoyed residencies with the Huntington Playwriting Fellows, Sundance, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop and Harvard University. Ms. Lopez is also an actress and has appeared in regional theatres across the country. She teaches Theatre Studies at Wellesley College, and Playwriting at Boston University (MFA program). She makes her home in Boston.
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