Playwright, Lyricist, Librettist



recent COLLABORATors :

Elena Araoz
Jessi D. Hill
Tamilla Woodard
Bushwick Starr
New Ohio Theatre
Noor Theatre



Melisa Tien is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist from California who resides in New York City.  She is interested in formally unconventional, socially relevant, emotionally evocative work.  A member of New Dramatists, a NYFA fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a former Women's Project Lab playwright, Melisa enjoys languages and the outdoors. 

She has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award and the Jerome New York fellowship, and a nominee for the Weissberger Award and the Smith Prize.  A trained chef and long-time student loan borrower, Melisa is available for consulting on how to make your meals more tasty and your loan payments less dreary. 

Pictures of her 20-year-old cat are available upon request.