MELIA BENSUSSEN is the recipient of an OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction, and has directed extensively around the country including productions at the Huntington Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Actors Shakespeare Project, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Class Company, Primary Stages, the Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), People’s Light and Theatre Company (where she received a Barrymore nomination for Best Direction), and many others. Her work with new plays has involved working at the O’Neill Theater Center, New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse, and the Midwest Playlabs/The Playwrights Center, as well as new play programs around the country. Ongoing collaborations with playwrights include work with Kirsten Greenidge, Carey Perloff, Annie Baker, Mat Smart, Ken Urban, Masha Obolensky, Jeffrey Hatcher, Lee Blessing, Richard Dresser, Willy Holtzman, Edwin Sanchez, Y York and Jose Rivera, and she is delighted to be starting collaboration with Motti Lerner.
Raised in Mexico City, Melia is fluent in Spanish and has translated and adapted a variety of works, including her edition of the Langston Hughes translation of Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding, now in its eighth printing by Theatre Communications Group.
Melia was twice given Directing Awards by the Princess Grace Foundation, USA, including their top honor, the Statuette Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. She is featured in Women Stage Directors Speak by Rebecca Daniels (McFarland and Co.), and in Nancy Taylor’s Women Direct Shakespeare (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). Her essay on Merchant of Venice will be published this year in Jews, Theatre, Performance in an Intercultural Context by Brill Publishing. A graduate of Brown University, Melia is Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College in Boston.
MELIA BENSUSSEN AND ISRAELI STAGE: Melia directed the American premiere of Motti Lerner’s At Night’s End, the New England Premiere of Motti Lerner’s “Hard Love and led the workshop of the World Premiere of Savyon Liebrecht’s Freud’s Women