Melanie Marnich
Affiliated Writer
Los Angeles, CA

Melanie Marnich’s plays include Quake, Blur, Tallgrass Gothic, These Shining Lives, Calling All, Beautiful Again, The Sparrow Project and A Sleeping Country.  A Sleeping Country won the 2007 Kaplan Award for Playwriting from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and received its world premiere there in March 2008. Her play, These Shining Lives, premiered at Baltimore Center Stage in April 2008 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and the Weissberger Award in 2005. Blur received its world premiere Off Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club and also won the Francesca Primus Prize from Denver Center Theatre. Two of her plays, Quake and Tallgrass Gothic, have premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. Her plays have been produced or developed at New York’s Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, London’s Royal Court Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage and Denver Center for the Arts. She has written for the HBO drama, Big Love, and Showtime’s The Big C. Her Big Love episode, “Come, Ye Saints,” was nominated for a WGA award. She currently writes for the new AMC series, Low Winter Sun. She is an alumnus of New Dramatists. And she’s proudly been connected to The Playwrights’ Center since she became a writer.