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Melissa Crespo

(Director) Melissa Crespo is a New York based director who enjoys directing everything from classical to new plays, as well as musicals and operas. Melissa is most known for Vid Guerrerio’s ¡Figaro! (90210), a modern day adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro which had it’s world premiere at LA Opera and most recently ran at The Duke on 42nd Street. She also directed the undiscovered masterpiece Voodoo, a Harlem Renaissance opera by H. Lawrence Freeman that “soared” according to The Guardian. Melissa directed the most recent incarnation of Tar Baby written and performed by Desiree Burch with Dan Kitrosser.Tar Baby was awarded the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and recently performed at the Auckland Festival in New Zealand and London’s VAULT Festival where it was awarded the “Pick of the Week.” Upcoming productions include Kieran Lynn’s Crossing the Line (Amphibian Stage Productions), Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire (Garden Theatre) and Bread and Roses, a new musical by Jill Abramovitz and Brad Alexander (NYMF reading). Melissa has served as the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre, a member of the The Civilian’s R&D Group, and is a Drama League Directing Fellow alum where she directed the world premiere of Maggie-Kate Coleman’s The Map of Lost Things while in residence at the Hangar Theatre. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and directed for the 2015 ABC Talent Showcase. Melissa received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. Contact: Alexis Williams, Bret Adams Ltd.

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