Melisa Tien

Resident Playwright

2015 -- 2022

Melisa Tien is a playwright, lyricist, screenwriter, and trained chef.  She is the author of the plays Yellow Card Red Card, Back of the House, Fantastic Heliotherapy, and Familium Vulgare.  She is a co-author of the collaboratively written plays We Play for the Gods and Jackson Heights 3AM.  Yellow Card Red Card will receive a workshop production at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts December 6-10, 2016. In addition to being over the moon as a member of New Dramatists (class of 2022), Melisa is a 2016 Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a recipient of the 2016 Theater Masters Visionary Playwright award/commission, and a 2016 Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. She was a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab.  She has presented work at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Women Playwrights International Conference, and the National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival.  She has co-facilitated Rising Circle Theater Collective’s writers group and taught playwriting through Center for Talented Youth, The 52nd Street Project, and Columbia University.  She holds a BA from UCLA, an MFA from Columbia University, and a Culinary Diploma from the French Culinary Institute.

ND Activity
  • Composer-Librettist Studio

    Composer-Librettist Studio

    Our annual Composer-Librettist Studio focuses simultaneously on music-theatre development and the principles of collaboration, teaming five writers with five composers and five performers to develop brand-new works of musical theatre. At the end of the Studio, each playwright has worked with each composer and 25 new music-theatre pieces have been created by the group.

  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Writers' Executive Committee

    Writers' Executive Committee

    The Writers' Executive Committee is a voluntary grouping of resident playwrights who meet throughout the year to discuss and make decisions concerning the work of New Dramatists and to help guide the organization.

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