Resident Playwright2015 -- 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 received a workshop production at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in December of 2016. In addition to being a member of New Dramatists (class of 2022), Melisa is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting and a recipient of the Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award. She was a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab. She has presented work at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the 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 the Eugene O' Neill Theater Center, 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.
Excited to premiere a new art song that I co-wrote with composer Joe Rubinstein, to be sung by the uber-talented Alaysha Fox! The audience also votes on their favorite songs of the evening (there are 11 others by various emerging composers). Looking forward to a fun evening of new work at HERE in SoHo! Come listen!