director, Circle Mirror Transformation, Huntington Theatre
Melia Bensussen (Director, Circle Mirror Transformation) is the recipient of an Obie Award for Outstanding Direction and has directed extensively around the country, including work at La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Centerstage, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC Theater, Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, People’s Light and Theatre Company (where she received a Barrymore Award nomination for Best Direction), and many others, where she has worked on classics and collaborated with many of America’s leading playwrights. She was twice given directing awards by the Princess Grace Foundation, USA, including their top honor, the Statuette Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing. Her edition of the Langston Hughes translation of Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding is in its eighth printing by Theatre Communications Group. She is featured in Women Stage Directors Speak by Rebecca Daniels (published by McFarland and Company), and also in Nancy Taylor’s Women Direct Shakespeare (published in 2005 by Farirleigh Dickinson University Press). Ms. Bensussen is chair of the performing arts department at Emerson College in Boston.