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About Melissa

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Melissa Moschitto (she/her) is a director, playwright and producer advancing the form of research-based investigative theatre. She is the Founding Artistic Director of  The Anthropologists, a theatre company dedicated to the creation of research-based investigative theatre that inspires action.


Melissa's dynamic, kinetic work has been seen at HERE, The New Ohio, Dixon Place, and she has been an artist-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center. Favorite projects with The Anthropologists include the 2021 World Premiere of No Pants In Tucson (recipient of a 2020 NYC Women’s Fund Grant), Artemisia’s Intent (Winner of Best Solo Drama, Frigid 2018), No Man’s Land (''Perhaps it’s exactly what theatremakers need to see right now,” Theater Is Easy) and Give Us Bread (“thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking”


A former competitive figure skater, she loves infusing her work with movement. Melissa cut her teeth in the physical theatre world as a directing apprentice to Ricardo Iniesta, director of Compania Atalaya in Sevilla, Spain, where she assisted with the World Premiere of Medea, La ​E​xtranjera (2004). She later trained with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, SITI Company, the La Mama Umbria International Directors Symposium, and most recently with the legendary Odin Teatret in Denmark. 

She teaches devised theatre workshops and leads community-building and problem-solving workshops using theatre techniques. She has taught workshops for Hofstra University, University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and University of Evansville, National Women's Theatre Festival, The New Ohio, and others.


Melissa holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She is married to an engineer-slash-secret-dramaturg and the mother of two delightfully dramatic children. She resides and works in Upper Manhattan on the

ancestral land of the Lenape.

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