MELINDA LOPEZ is a playwright and actress. Her plays include Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theatre), Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse),and Sonia Flew, which won the Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play and the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Awards for Best Play and Best Production. It premiered at the Huntington Theatre (directed by Nicholas Martin), and has subsequently been performed in numerous cities, and for radio broadcast. Lopez is also the author of Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre,) and a translation of Blood Wedding (Suffolk University). Her other award-winning plays include God Smells Like a Roast Pig (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award–Outstanding Solo Performance), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Coconut Grove Playhouse), The Order of Things (CentaStage, Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays), and How do you Spell Hope? (Underground Railway Theatre). Lopez was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American theatre”. She has received commissions from the Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and the National Institutes of Health. Lopez has served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts, and has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, the UCROSS Foundation, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. She teaches theatre and performance at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. Lopez has also appeared in regional theatres across the country, and works in film and radio. She makes her home in Boston.