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Melisa Tien

Lecturer in Playwriting

Melisa Tien is a New York-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist.  She is the author of the plays The Boyd Show, Best Life, Yellow Card Red Card, Familium Vulgare, and Refrain.  Her new musical Mary, co-written with composer Matt Frey, will have a workshop at New Dramatists in June 2019.  Her play Best Life was selected to participate in the 2018 Bushwick Starr Reading Series.  Her play Yellow Card Red Card was presented as part of the Ice Factory Festival in 2017 at the New Ohio Theatre, and prior to that had a workshop production at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2016.  

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In addition to being a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Melisa is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting, a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a recipient of the Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award. She has been a resident of the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony, and was 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 holds a BA from UCLA, an MFA from Columbia University, and a culinary diploma from the French Culinary Institute.