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Melis Aker

 
Bio:
Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her plays have been commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre, Ars Nova (Play Group member), NYTW (2050 fellow), New Group, Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF Fellow), Roundabout Space Jam, LaMaMa, The Lark, The Flea, Noor, Golden Thread ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her plays have been commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre, Ars Nova (Play Group member), NYTW (2050 fellow), New Group, Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF Fellow), Roundabout Space Jam, LaMaMa, The Lark, The Flea, Noor, Golden Thread ... (read complete bio)
 

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Tamara Sevunts, Robert Najarian, Angela Pierce, Michael Irvin Pollard, Melis Aker, Ni Photo

Tamara Sevunts, Robert Najarian, Angela Pierce, Michael Irvin Pollard, Melis Aker, Nicole Ansari

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Melis Aker, Nicole Ansari

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Nicole Ansari, Melis Aker, Michael Irvin Pollard, Tamara Sevunts, Robert Najarian Photo

Nicole Ansari, Melis Aker, Michael Irvin Pollard, Tamara Sevunts, Robert Najarian

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Nicole Ansari, Tamara Sevunts, Melis Aker, Angela Pierce Photo

Nicole Ansari, Tamara Sevunts, Melis Aker, Angela Pierce

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Melis Aker Biography

Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her plays have been commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre, Ars Nova (Play Group member), NYTW (2050 fellow), New Group, Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF Fellow), Roundabout Space Jam, LaMaMa, The Lark, The Flea, Noor, Golden Thread Productions, 24 Hour Plays, Corkscrew Festival and BRIC in the U.S., as well as the Finborough and Park theatres in London.

Melis’ plays include: Field, Awakening (2019 Kilroy’s List, Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Sundance final-round, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor final-round, Playwrights Realm finalist); Dragonflies (2019 Sundance final-round); Scraps and Things (Playing on Air, starring Carol Kane); Azul (O’Neill NMTC); When My Mama was a Hittite (Columbia@Roundabout finalist); Fractio Panis (Homebound Project/No Kid Hungry, starring Brian Cox); Manar (Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Theatre503 Playwriting Award semifinalist); 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter (Jerome NY Fellowship final-round); OPET Diaries; and Gilded Isle. Her screenplay “ARI” (“Bee”) was at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as part of Maison des Scenaristes, and her pilot of “MANAR” was accepted to Orchard Project’s Episodic Lab, Trans Atlantic Partners, and IFP week. She has also worked on the development of a screenplay with Revelations Entertainment, headed by Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman.

Selected acting credits include: “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC), “Seneca” (HBOMax), Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage & Roundabout), We Live in Cairo (NAMT, New World Stages), Proof (Edinburgh Fringe). Her song “The Unknowing” was in the final reel of the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk contest. Melis has worked as Ayad Akhtar’s assistant, and given a StoryCorps and TEDx talk. She is a proud member of The Lark’s Middle East America writers room.

Upcoming: Melis is developing a musical play with Benjamin Scheuer and Jemma Williams based on their illustrated book Hundred Feet Tall, and working on a new play commission from Ars Nova. Her play Field, Awakening will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre directed by Rory McGregor (covid-19 pending). Training: Columbia (MFA), Tufts (BA), RADA (Acting). Representation: CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. www.melisaker.com




Melis Aker News

New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2022/23 2050 Artistic Fellows Photo New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2022/23 2050 Artistic Fellows
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022

New York Theatre Workshop has announced the playwrights and directors selected for the 2022/23 Season 2050 Artistic Fellowship. The 2022/23 Artistic Fellows are Miranda Cornell, Thaddeus McCants, Aileen Wen McGroddy, Attilio Rigotti, Andrew Rodriguez and Minghao Tu.

Jenn Colella, Gavin Creel, Marilyn Maye & More to be Featured in Eugene O'Neill Theat Photo Jenn Colella, Gavin Creel, Marilyn Maye & More to be Featured in Eugene O'Neill Theater Center 58th Summer Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced its 2022 summer season, which features the return of some beloved in-person public events put on pause during the virtual and hybrid seasons of 2020 and 2021. 

Broadway Women's Fund Releases Third Annual List of 'Women to Watch on Broadway' Photo Broadway Women's Fund Releases Third Annual List of 'Women to Watch on Broadway'
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 8, 2022

The Broadway Women's Fund has just released its third annual list of Women to Watch on Broadway.

Erika Henningsen, Grey Henson & More to Perform in 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES Photo Erika Henningsen, Grey Henson & More to Perform in 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 25, 2022

The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues will return for 'Season 3' tonight on IGTV @24hourplays and at https://24hourplays.com/viral-monologues/. A bold group of top actors and writers have been paired to create a set of all-new pieces. From 6 PM onward, the new monologues will be published, one every 15 minutes.

JMF Writers Grove at Goodspeed Announces 30 Participants Photo JMF Writers Grove at Goodspeed Announces 30 Participants
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 20, 2022

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals will return to the Goodspeed campus January 31 - February 27, 2022 after being virtual in 2021.

Ars Nova Announces 17 New Artist Residencies and Commissions Photo Ars Nova Announces 17 New Artist Residencies and Commissions
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 11, 2022

 Ars Nova has announced 17 new artists and groups selected in 2022 for residencies and commissions at Ars Nova. The Company’s dynamic slate of artist residencies and commissions supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending work.

Page 73 Announces Semifinalists for Playwriting Fellowship Photo Page 73 Announces Semifinalists for Playwriting Fellowship
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2021

Page 73 has announced 10 semifinalists for the 2022 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship. From a pool of over 300 applicants, Page 73 has selected Melis Aker, Syreeta Briggs, Vichet Chum, Kate Douglas, Ryan Drake, Marvin González De León, Majkin Holmquist, Deepa Purohit, Gab Reisman, and Haygen-Brice Walker.

Courtney Bassett, Stephen Bogardus, Sommer Carbuccia & More Join 33rd Annual  FESTIVA Photo Courtney Bassett, Stephen Bogardus, Sommer Carbuccia & More Join 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 12, 2021

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year’s casting for the performances of Little Duende, Māyā, Private Gomer Jones, and TL;DR featured in the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS. This year’s festival will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021 and will be presented as a digital and in-person hybrid.

Judy Kuhn, Zachary Noah Piser & More to be Featured in NAMT's 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF Photo Judy Kuhn, Zachary Noah Piser & More to be Featured in NAMT's 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2021

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year’s casting for the performances of AZUL, Fanny & Stella, Missing Peace and Senior Class featured in the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS (remaining casting to be announced).

Directors and Music Directors Announced For the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Photo Directors and Music Directors Announced For the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 19, 2021

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year’s directors and music directors for the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021.

Melis Aker Videos

VIDEO: MY GAY ROOMMATE Webseries Wraps season 3 with Big Musical Number
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 21, 2014

My Gay Roommate, the webseries chronicles the saga of homo-hetero love! On the Tubes for almost 2 years, the series wrapped its third season with a big musical number!

VIDEO: RENT's Wilson Jermaine Heredia Guest Stars in MY GAY ROOMMATE Web Series
by TV News Desk - May 6, 2014

The web series 'My Gay Roommate' follows the relationship between two roommates -- one who is gay and one who is straight. In the most recent episode, Tony Award winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia reprises his role as 'Angel' from RENT with a fun cameo appearance in an imagination sequence. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at World Premiere of LOVE IN AFGHANISTAN at Arena Stage
by Stage Tube - Oct 21, 2013

The world premiere of LOVE IN AFGHANISTAN runs October 11-November 17 at Arena Stage. Check out a sneak peek below!