gibson_melissa_james_2017Melissa James Gibson

Melissa James Gibson is a New York City based playwright and screenwriter.

Currently, Melissa is an Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner on Netflix’s House of Cards. She also wrote for the first two seasons of The Americans (FX), for which she received a Writer’s Guild of America Award nomination.

She wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film All Is Bright, directed by Phil Morrison and starring Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins.

Her recent plays include Placebo, What Rhymes with America, THIS, [sic], Suitcase or, those that resemble flies from a distance; Brooklyn Bridge (with a song by Barbara Brousal) and Current Nobody.  Her work has been produced and/or developed at the Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, Soho Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Children’s Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, Vancouver Playhouse, Canadian Stage and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab among others, regionally and internationally.

Honors: OBIE Award; Guggenheim Fellowship; Steinberg Playwright Award; Kesselring Prize; Whiting Writers Award; Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights’ Fellowship; LILLY Award; Jerome Fellow; MacDowell Colony Fellow.

MFA: Yale School of Drama; graduate of New Dramatists. Teaching: Lecturer, Program in Theater, Princeton University, 2011, 2012.   THIS and Other Plays is published by TCG.



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