Susan Melinda Dunlap
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Mesilla, NM

Susan Melinda Dunlap was commissioned by the Root and the Bloom to write a triptych of plays about water. She also received a commission from Eye/Land Institute to write a play about environmental damage. Most recently, her children's play THE GOOD SLIPPER was performed through Zoom by Orphan Girl Children's Theatre. Her play THE DOG GHOST was performed in a maximum security prison outside of Los Angeles and also at Montana Repertory Theater. PITIFUL, BEAUTIFUL PITTANCE and THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON were both selected for perfomances at the Last Chance Gulch Play Festival. THE RESCUE was selected for the 2016 William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas and was a 2010 finalist for the Estrogenius Festival. THE CRYPTIC PIG was a finalist for the 2010 Jerome Fellowship for Emerging American Playwrights. NIGHT FLYER was produced by Project in Motion and was a 2008 finalist for the Heideman Award. She was also a 2010 finalist for a Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program. She studied European dramatic literature at Columbia University and theatre theory and cultural history on a two year graduate fellowship from the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in the CUNY doctoral program. She got involved in theater in Prague, Czech Republic, in the decade following the Velvet Revolution, curated a theater program at BRIC Studio in Brooklyn, created the position of drama editor for The Brooklyn Review and later became the editor. She also worked for New York City Opera, Blue Man Group, The New Victory Theater, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Cetner in various in various back stage, front of house or administrative capacities. She is a journalist, fiction writer and poet. She was a featured poet in 2018 in the Piltsdown Review. A short story was published in  BRIGHT BONES, an anthology of contemporary Montana writers in 2018 and a poem was anthologized in End of Summer Poems by the Alexandria Quarterly Magazine. She has also been published  Word Riot. MFA: Brooklyn College, where she received the Louis B. Goodman Creative Writing Scholarship.