• Theatre

Melinda Lopez

Professor of the Practice

Melinda Lopez is the recipient of the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Achievement, recognizing her 20-year career as and playwright, performer and educator, and won a 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Dramati Writing.  She was part of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwrights Residency Program from 2013-2019, and is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Huntington Theatre Company.   She is a multiple award winning playwright and performer.  Plays include: MALA (winner Best New Play, Elliot Norton Award, available on Audible in Spanish and English,) YERMA (adaptation,) BACK THE NIGHT, BECOMING CUBA, ORCHIDS TO OCTOPI (commissioned by the National Institutes of Health, Best New Play, IRNE) and SONIA FLEW (winner, Elliot Norton Award, Best New Play, Best Production.) Her plays have been performed nationally and internationally (the Guthrie Theatre, Steppenwolf, Williamstown, The Huntington Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, Camaguey Theatre Festival, and many many more.). Melinda also performs on stage, radio and in film (and re-appears as a meme from FEVER PITCH around baseball season.) She has served as a panel member for the NEA, 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 has taught at Boston University and Wellesley College. She is actively providing humanitarian aid for the people of Cuba, and was mentioned by President Obama in his speech to the Cuban and American people in 2016. Mayor Marty Walsh declared October 29, 2016 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the City of Boston. She lives in Boston with her husband, daughter, giant yellow dog, and other critters, and occasionally sleeps on the ground in the American Southwest. She has run two marathons and plays a little ukulele. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University, where she studied under Nobel Prize winner, Derek Walcott.

Current work:

  • Dream Boston, a series of short audio plays powered by the Huntington Theatre Company.
  • Artistic Staff at the Huntington Theatre Company

What’s coming up?

Melinda is currently working on two playwriting commissions: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, and Launch Pad (UC Santa Barbara and Merrimack Rep.)

Melinda will direct the Spring 2023 show at Northeastern: EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs Jenkins

    • Mr Parent, (workshop at Hartford Theatre Works)
    • Young Nerds of Color, (Central Square Theatre)
YERMA HTC 5-19 203
YERMA, adapted and translated by Melinda Lopez, based on a play by Federico Garcia Lorca. Directed by Melia Bensussen.
Huntington Theatre Company 5/30/19
Lighting Design: Brain J. Lillienthal
Costume Design: Olivera Gajic
Scenic Design: Cameron Anderson
Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson
© T Charles Erickson Photography
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Becoming Cuba
Christina Pumariega, Juan Javier Cardenas, and Rebecca Soler in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Melinda Lopez’s BECOMING CUBA. March 28 – May 3, 2014 at South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. huntingtontheatre.org. Photo T. Charles Erickson
Sonia Flew
“Sonia Flew” by Melinda Lopez, directed by Nicholas Martin, presented by The Huntington Theatre at the Wimberly Theatre, Boston 10/8-11/28/04.
Lighting Design:Frances Aaronson; Scenic Design: Adam Stockhausen; Costume Design:
Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson




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  • M.A. Boston University
  • A.B. Dartmouth College


  • 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Dramatic Writing
  • Mellon Foundation’s National Playwrights Residency Program from 2013-2019

Courses Taught

  • Acting 2
  • Playwriting
  • The Boston Theatre Experience
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Theatre

Research/Publications Highlights

Favorite plays:

  • Mala (available on Audible in Spanish and English)
  • Yerma (adaptation,)
  • Back the Night,
  • Becoming Cuba,
  • Orchids to Octopi (commissioned by the National Institutes of Health)
  • Sonia Flew, most recently seen in translation at the Festival Nacional de Teatro, Camaguey Cub

Research Interests

  • contemporary American theatre
  • Dramaturgy
  • performance
  • Playwriting