Playwright

Melis Aker

Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her plays have been commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre, NYTW (2050 fellow), Ars Nova (Play Group member), Atlantic Theatre, Noor Theatre, Lark, Golden Thread, LaMaMa, BRIC, Corkscrew Fest and New Group in New York, as well as the Finborough and Park theatres in London. Her plays include: Field, Awakening (2019 Kilroy’s List, Sundance final-round, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor final-round, Van Lier New Voices Fellowship final-round); Manar (Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Theatre503 Playwriting Award semifinalist); 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter (Jerome NY Fellowship final-round); Dragonflies (2019 Sundance finalist); When My Mama was a Hittite (Columbia@Roundabout finalist) and Gilded Isle. Melis’ screenplay “ARI” (“Bee”) was recently at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as part of Maison des Scenaristes, and her pilot of “Manar” was accepted to Trans Atlantic Partners and Orchard Project’s Episodic Lab. Selected acting credits include: “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC), Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage / Roundabout), We Live in Cairo (New World Stages), Proof (Edinburgh Fringe). Training: Columbia (MFA), Tufts (BA), RADA (Acting). Representation: Kevin Lin at CAA.

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