Melinda Lopez (Playwright, Performer) is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company. Mala won the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, and recently ran at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis. Upcoming projects include a translation of Yerma (Lorca) for the American Conservatory Theatre. Her award-winning play Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award) has been produced all over the country including: Huntington Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Contemporary American Theater Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and many others. Other plays include Becoming Cuba, (Huntington Theatre Company,) Back the Night, (Boston Playwrights Theatre,) Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theater, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health for the Darwin bicentennial), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory, BPT), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Solo Performance, Coconut Grove Playhouse), and multiple short plays. Ms. Lopez is among the first cohort of playwrights to receive a three-year residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and she was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by The Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American theatre.” She has served as a panel member for the City of Boston, the NEA, the Cambridge Arts Panel and she has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. Ms. Lopez is also an actress and has appeared at the Huntington, Our Town, Persephone, A Month in the Country, and The Rose Tattoo. Other credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Anna in the Tropics and Theatre District (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Oil Thief and A Girls War (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Portland Stage), and Many Colors Make the Thunder-king (Guthrie Theater). She is featured in the movie Fever Pitch. She teaches theatre studies at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. Melinda was mentioned by President Obama in his joint address to the Cuban and American people, and Mayor Marty Walsh declared Oct 29, 2016, “Melinda Lopez Day” in the City of Boston. She is active in the local Cuban American community and works to provide humanitarian aid the the people of Cuba. For more information, visit www.friendsofcaritascubana.com and www.
Ms. Lopez teaches theatre and performance at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. She is a founding member of Munroe Saturday Nights, which produces free high quality arts performances in the Boston area, and makes her home in Boston, where she is active in the Cuban American community and helps with local charities to bring humanitarian aid to to Cuba. In her free time, she enjoys long distance running, back country hiking, and sneaking into movie matinees on rainy days with her daughter.