Melanie Marnich

Alumni Playwright

2005 -- 2012

Melanie Marnich’s plays include Quake, Blur, Tallgrass Gothic, Calling All, Beautiful Again, These Shining Lives, and The Storm Coming. She has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2005. Her play, A Sleeping Country, premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as winner of the Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize. Her play, Cradle of Man, received the 2007 Carbonell Award for Best New Work of the Year and was a finalist for the 2006 Weissberger Award. Tallgrass Gothic was recognized as “Best New Script” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2006. In 2005, her play, These Shining Lives, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Weissberger Award. Two of her plays, Quake and Tallgrass Gothic, have premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. Her adaptation of Katie Couric’s book, The Brand New Kid, premiered at the Kennedy Center in November 2006. Her awards include, two McKnight Advancement Grants and two Jerome Fellowships from The Playwrights’ Center, the Samuel Goldwyn Award, an Ohio Arts Council Grant, the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award and the Melvoin Award from Northlight Theatre (Chicago). Her plays have been produced or developed at New York’s Public Theater, London’s Royal Court Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, The Actors Studio, Geva Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, American Theater Company, HERE and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Commissions include, the Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage and South Coast Repertory. She is a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center and a writer on the Showtime series, The Big C.

ND Activity
  • Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions is a marathon evening of instant theatre, New Dramatists style. First, the opportunity to commission new plays by New Dramatists resident and alumni playwrights is auctioned to the highest bidder; second, the writer and their winning bidder meet for a lightning-fast commission; third, each writer has about 20 minutes to create a new short theatre piece, monologue, or song; fourth, the plays are rehearsed upstairs while the audience has dinner downstairs; and last, all the evening's commissioned pieces are presented by a first-rate company of actors and directors.

  • 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.

Contact Info

c/o Derek Zasky
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
1325 Avenue of the Americas
212.903.1396
dzasky@wmeentertainment.com

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