Melissa James Gibson (Playwright)
Melissa James Gibson’s plays include WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA; THIS; [sic]; SUITCASE OR, THOSE THAT RESEMBLE FLIES FROM A DISTANCE; BROOKLYN BRIDGE (with a song by Barbara Brousal) and CURRENT NOBODY. Her work has been produced and/or developed at Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, Soho Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Children’s Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Seattle Rep and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab among others, regionally and internationally. Commissions: Atlantic Theater Company; Manhattan Theater Club (Sloan Foundation); Second Stage Theatre. Honors: OBIE Award; Guggenheim Fellowship; Steinberg Playwright Award; Kesselring Prize; Whiting Writers Award; Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights’ Fellowship; LILLY Award; Jerome Fellow; MacDowell Colony Fellow; NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist. MFA: Yale School of Drama; graduate of New Dramatists. Teaching: Lecturer in the Program in Theater at Princeton University, spring semesters 2011 and 2012. “THIS and Other Plays” is forthcoming from TCG. Film: screenplay for “Almost Christmas,” starring Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins, directed by Phil Morrison. TV: writer on the FX show, “The Americans,” created by Joe Weisberg.
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