Melinda Lopez

Melinda Lopez, Playwright

Representative Plays:

Back the Night (2016)
Becoming Cuba (2013)
Sonia Flew (2004)


Melinda Lopez is a Cuban-American playwright, actress, and educator. She earned a B.A from Dartmouth College, received a M.A in Playwriting from Boston University, and was the first playwright-in-residence at The Huntington Theatre Company as part of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program. Among her many accomplishments, she is perhaps best known for her award winning play Sonia Flew - a moving examination of family dynamics, and coming to terms with one's past. Outside of her playwriting, Melinda has also served on a variety of panels for the City of Boston, the NEA, and the Cambridge Arts Panel. She was also Drama Editor for the Penguin Anthology for Literature, Pearson (Publication date: 2016). Currently, Melinda teaches playwriting at Boston University, and theatre and performance at Wellesley College. She can be seen in her award winning one women show, Mala, at The Huntington Theatre Company in January 2018.  (NYU Contemporary Playwrights of Color)


Resources found in the UC Berkeley Library Database:

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Sonia Flew (Audio) 

Becoming Cuba (Monologue) 


Cuban, American