B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Boston University
Melinda LopezLecturer in Theatre Studies
Playwright and performer, with plays produced at the Huntington Theatre, Steppenwolf, and off-Broadway.
I am the Playwright-in-Residence at the Huntington Theatre Company, and part of the Mellon Foundation Playwright Residency Inititative. My most recent play, Becoming Cuba was produced on both coasts, in San Diego (North Coast Rep) and Boston, (the Huntington Theater Company.) Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health for the bicentennial of Darwin's birth. This play, created for family audiences, has been produced in many cities. Other plays include: Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton Award “Best New Play”), Irne (“Best Play,” “Best Production,” Huntington Theatre. Steppenwolf, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, NPR, et. al.), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse) and a translation of Blood Wedding, (Suffolk University).
My other award-winning plays include God Smells Like a Roast Pig (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award "Outstanding Solo Performance"), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Coconut Grove Playhouse), The Order of Things (CentaStage, Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays), How Do You Spell Hope? (Underground Railway Theatre). I am also an actress; I have appeared in regional theatres across the country, and work in film and radio.
I teach theatre and performance at Wellesley College, where students are encouraged to apply both analytical skill and creative passion to the understanding of theatre. Because I am a working artist, I bring insight to the process of creating, developing, and producing original work, and I frequently mentor Wellesley students while they write original plays. I was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American Theatre.” I have received commissions from the Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and the National Institutes of Health.
I've served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts, and have enjoyed residencies with Sundance, UCROSS Foundation, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. My plays range in subject matter from the Pedro Pan children of Cuba (Sonia Flew) , to a rock musical about down-and-out teens (Gary) , to a celebration of Darwin and evolution (From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story) .
I am active in the Cuban American community of Boston, and help with local charities bringing humanitarian aid to to Cuba. I am a long distance runner and have completed two marathons. I love back country hiking, anything to do with the southwest American desert, and sneaking into movie matinees on rainy days with my daughter.