Melanie Dreyer-Lude

Resident Producing Artist

Director, Playwright

Artistic Associate, 2013-14

member, Actors’ Equity Association

company projects:

My Children! My Africa! By Athol Fugard (2016, Equity Production)

Antigone, original adaptation, (2014, Civic Origins at IHS)

Slashes Of Light by Judy Tate (2012, Equity Staged Reading)

Timber Land by Katherine Clark Grey (2012, Equity Staged Reading)

Wider Than The Sky by Jessica Litwak (2012, Equity Staged Reading)


Melanie is a director, actor, producer, and teacher. She graduated from Northwestern University with an MFA in Directing, where she worked with Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, Tina Landau and Bob Falls.  She is the former Co-Artistic Director of ShatterMask Theater, a critically acclaimed Equity theatre specializing in exploring alternatives to traditional modes of production, and International Culture Lab (, dedicated to providing opportunities for artists from across the world to explore contemporary issues through jointly created projects. Fluent in German, she specializes in international theater collaboration, using theater as a platform for cultural encounters that generate multiple nodes of inquiry.  Her two largest projects, one in Germany (Outside Inn) and the other in Turkey (S/he), generated multiple presentations that explored the challenges and opportunities of working with artists from other cultures. International projects have taken her to Moscow, Argentina, Chile, Greece, and multiple locations in Germany.  She has directed over 50 productions at multiple locations including 59E59 Theaters, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, Quantum Theatre, barebones productions, Capital Repertory Theater, ShatterMask Theater, garajistanbul, and Kitchen Theatre Company.  Favorite acting credits include Mrs. Allonby in A Woman of No Importance, Kate in Old Times, Gilda in Design for Living and Corinna in The House of Blue Leaves. Her published translations have been produced at multiple locations nationally and internationally.  She previously served as Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing in the department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. She is currently an Assistant Professor teaching Acting, Directing, Performance and Literature in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University.



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