Melia Bensussen is the recipient of an OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction, and has directed extensively around the country, including work at the Huntington Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Actors Shakespeare Project, Baltimore Centerstage, Hartford Stage Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, the New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC, Primary Stages, the Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), People’s Light and Theatre Company (Barrymore nomination for Best Direction), San Jose Rep, and many others.
Most recent work includes THE CHERRY ORCHARD for Actors Shakespeare Project (Norton nominee for Best Production and Best Direction).
Previous work at the Huntington includes the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s LUCK OF THE IRISH (winner 2013 IRNE Award for Best New Play), and Annie Baker’s CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Her production of TWELFTH NIGHT at Actors Shakespeare Project, Boston, received the 2012 Eliot Norton Award for Best Production.
Her edition of the Langston Hughes translation of Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding, is published by Theatre Communications Group, and she is currently working with Melinda Lopez on a new adaptation of Lorca’s YERMA.
Upcoming projects also include co-authoring and directing a workshop of the WAR DEPARTMENT, a new musical, with Jim and Ruth Bauer, to be in residence at the O’Neill this summer 2014. Her play BLUEBEARD, co-authored with playwright Masha Obolensky, will be a part of the HPF workshops this July 2014. A graduate of Brown University, Melia is Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College in Boston.