Julián J. Mesri is a New York-based Argentinean-American director, playwright and composer. His pieces are fresh and funny philosophical laboratories that explore the challenges modern life and the slipperiness of historical memory by refracting them through a stylistic and musical lens, encouraging the audience to enter into a multi-faceted relationship with the work.
His production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuenteovejuna” at Repertorio Español won the 2013 Gilberto Saldivar Outstanding Production HOLA Award and two ACE Award nominations for Classical Theatre productions. He served as Artistic Director for the 2013 PEN World Voices: New Plays from Spain festival, bringing together 7 notable Spanish playwrights with contemporary New York City directors and actors during a two day-festival at The Martin Segal Theatre Center.
He was a 2011-2012 Emerging Artist of Color Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, and represented the United States in the 2012 edition of Panorama Sur, sponsored by Siemens and the Goethe Institut, a seminar featuring playwrights from all over Latin America led by distinguished Argentine writer/director Alejandro Tantanian. He was also 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español, where he directed Rafael Spregelburd’s “La estupidez” in its New York premiere (ACE nominee, Best Direction) and Calderón de la Barca’s “La dama duende”.
Other recent work includes a production of Mar Gomez Glez’s 39 Defaults and an adaptation of “The Weavers” with Pace University’s International Performance Ensemble, showing in May 2014 at the Accidental Festival in the UK