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 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.