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Melisa Tien is a playwright, lyricist, librettist, and producer.  She is the author of the plays BEST LIFE, THE BOYD SHOW, YELLOW CARD RED CARD, FAMILIUM VULGARE, and REFRAIN, co-author of the music-theater works SWELL, DAYLIGHT SAVING, and MARY, and co-producer of the audio series ACTIVE LISTENING. BEST LIFE was slated to be produced at JACK in 2020, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SWELL was part of the 2019 HERE Summer Sublet Series. YELLOW CARD RED CARD was produced at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC in 2017. A New Dramatists resident playwright, Melisa has been a recipient of a grant from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre, a commissionee of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting. She has also been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and Tofte Lake Center, and a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab. She has presented work at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Women Playwrights International Conference, and the National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival.  She teaches experimental theatrical writing at Sarah Lawrence College. BA, UCLA; MFA, Columbia University.

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