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Melissa Leilani Larson



Melissa Leilani Larson is a mixed-race Filipino writer from Salt Lake City. Mel’s latest play, A FORM OF FLATTERY, is a Bay Area Playwrights Festival Honorable Mention finalist as well a Portland Center Stage JAW finalist. Her adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE enjoyed sold-out runs at the Texas Shakespeare Festival and Hale Center Theater Orem in 2023; it will appear across several states in 2024, as well as a radio drama in the UK.

Other recent productions: BITTER LEMON at Plan-B Theatre; GIN MUMMY at Utah Valley University; MESTIZA, or MIXED at American Stage and Plan-B Theatre; SWEETHEART, COME at Tabor College and PYGmalion Theatre. THE POST OFFICE received the 2022 AATE Distinguished Play Award. Film work includes JANE AND EMMA, FREETOWN, and the shorts “Patience” and “Iscariot.” Other accolades: IRAM Best New Play award, O’Neill semi-finalist, two SLCity Weekly Best of Utah Arts awards, four AML Drama awards, and a Ghana Movie Award for Best Screenplay.

Mel is a proud member of the Plan-B Playwrights Lab, Honor Roll! and the Dramatists Guild. She enjoys travel, jigsaw puzzles, melty cheese, nice paper and nicer pens. MFA, Iowa Playwrights Workshop. 

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