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Melinda Lopez

Melinda Lopez sitting with her hand on one hand and her other arm resting on her leg


Melinda Lopez is an award-winning playwright and performer and is the recipient of the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, recognizing her 20-year career. Her plays include Mala (at Arts Emerson, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, on PBS, and on Audible in both Spanish and English), Yerma (adaptation, Huntington Theatre), Back the Night, Becoming Cuba, Orchids to Octopi, and Sonia Flew (Huntington Theatre, Steppenwolf, National Theatre Festival of Cuba, and more), and Black Beans Project, her digital play (via Zoom), which won the Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play. Melinda also performs on stage, including Our Town at Huntington Theatre, and in film—she’s that fan in Fever Pitch. Melinda was mentioned by President Obama in his speech to the Cuban and American people in 2016, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared October 29, 2016, “Melinda Lopez Day in the City of Boston.” Melinda is currently artist-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company and a professor at Northeastern University.

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