We’re celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.
For playwright Melinda Lopez (Dramatic Writing Fellow ’03), several opportunities came together in short succession, which opened doors, which led to other opportunities… All the while, her theatrical voice soared higher.
We were thrilled to chat with Melinda in her office at the Huntington Theatre Company, where she is Playwright-in-Residence. Melinda’s new play-in-progress Yerma will have a free public reading on Saturday, July 25, 2015, 3 PM, at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts, as part of the Huntington Theatre Company’s Summer Workshop. RSVP here.
Participate in 40 Years of Fellowships:
- Visit Mass Cultural Council’s YouTube Channel, where we’re sharing the stories of some of the amazing artists we’ve funded over the last 40 years.
- If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
- Read a brief history of the Massachusetts Artist Fellowships Program.
- Contact us if you have ideas for the project.
- Join the conversation in Twitter. Using #YayArtists, we’ll be sharing artists’ work and insights, and hope to explore what happens when a community values artists.
Video Credits: interview taped at Huntington Theatre Company; photographs courtesy of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Melinda Lopez, and Williamstown Theatre Festival; title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow ’13); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow ’99), “Sao Dao,” BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing music by Deborah Henson-Conant (Music Composition Fellow ’84, ’87), “Merceditas” and “996” from “Invention and Alchemy” ©2006, performed/recorded by The Grand Rapids Symphony, David Lockington, Conductor.
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