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Melinda Lopez

Departments

Theatre

Education

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

Awards

  • 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

Research Focus

  • Dramaturgy
  • Playwriting
  • performance
  • contemporary American theatre

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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. She won a 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Dramatic Writing (as well as 2004 and 2013).  She was part of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwrights Residency Program from 2013-2019, and the Artist-in-Residence at the Huntington Theatre Company from 2013- 2022, where she worked during the pandemic helping create Dream Boston,  a series of audio plays set in and around the city.  She is a multiple award-winning playwright and performer.  Plays include: Mr. Parent, The Black Beans Project (winner Best New Play, Elliot Norton Award), Young Nerds of Color, 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, Boston College and Wellesley College. She is actively volunteers to provide 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 spouse, 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.

At Northeastern, Melinda directed As U Like It,  Shakespeare, and Everybody, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Current work:

Mr. Parent
A struggling actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, thinking “how hard could it be?”
Boston Playwrights Theatre
Oct 10- Oct 22
GEVA
Nov 1-Nov 19

White Rabbit Red Rabbit (performer)
One night only!
Oct 5
Umbrella Arts, Concord MA

Case for the Existence of God (director)
SpeakEasy Stage
Jan 28- Nov 17

Twelfth Night, Play On! Translation
Ongoing 🙂

Stir,
An Old Globe-commissioned, world-premiere play about family, food, and healing.
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego,
May 4-26

Power Trio
A commission from LAUNCHPAD,
a new play inspired but TWELFTH NIGHT, in development with UCSB and Merrimack Rep

…and a beautiful new musical in development with amazing people… la-la-la, secret, la-la-la

Courses Taught

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

Play Highlights

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