JULIAN MESRI: is a New York-based Argentinean-American writer, director, translator, and composer. Recent plays include Red, (Sanctuary Festival, HERE Arts Center), The Gauchos Americanos (Teatro Extranjero, Buenos Aires) and the musical Bethlehem (St Paul's Theater, BAX Space Grant). His production of Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna at Repertorio Español won the 2013 Gilberto Saldivar Outstanding Production HOLA Award. He has served as Translator for both the Lark US/Mexico Exchange as well as PEN World Voices. He served as Artistic Director for the 2013 PEN World Voices: New Plays from Spain festival. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, where he was a 2012-2013 Emerging Artist of Color Fellow. As a member of Panorama Sur, his work was showcased at the Buenos Aires International Theater Festival in 2015. He was also the 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español. He was awarded an ASCAP Scholarship to the NYMF Song Writing Workshop, and is currently an auditor at the BMI Workshop. He is currently purusing an MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University, where he is the Dean’s Fellow, and is an adjunct professor of Performing Arts at Pace University.

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SELECTED PLAYS AND MUSICALS

 

Steerage                                                              Schapiro Theater – Columbia University, 2019

Red                                                                      Sanctuary Festival – HERE Arts Center, 2017

Milton                                                                 Hemispheric Institute Encuentro – Chile 2016

The Gauchos Americanos                                      Teatro el Extranjero (Buenos Aires), 2016     

Bethlehem – a Saturnalia Pageant                         St Pauls Church, 2016, Dixon Place, BAX, 2015

Progress – An American Fable                                New York Theater Workshop (reading), 2015

Oedipus Gol                                                         Dixon Place, 2015

Lisa and Her Things                                               Intar Theater, 2016, Peoples Improv Theater, 2015

Immersion                                                           Sans Comedia/Peoples Improv Theater, 2015

Pace U. Presents the Weavers                                 Accidental Theater Festival, Royal Central School, 2014

 

SELECTED PLAYS – TRANSLATIONS

 

The Human Scale                                                                Pace University, 2016

(by Rafael Spregelburd, Javier Daulte, Alejandro Tantanian) 

My Uncle the Exile (Yerandy Fleites)  -                                   PEN New World Voices Festival 2015

Leakages and Anticoagulants (David Gaitan)                            Lark Theater Center, 2014 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Band Director/Voice Teacher                                               Escuela Angeles de Mariachi 2018–

Music Instructor/Show Director                                            School of Rock, 2016–

Contemporary Spanish and Latinamerican Theater                Pace University, New York, 2013-2017

Invited Teaching Artist                                                       UNIT 52, INTAR, 2015

 

 

HONORS / AWARDS

 

Dean’s Fellow                                                       Columbia University, 2017-2019

ASCAP Scholar                                                     NYMF Musical Writer’s Workshop, 2018

Usual Suspect                                                       New York Theater Workshop

BAX Space Grant                                                  BAX, 2015

Emerging Artist Fellowship                          New York Theater Workshop, 2012-13

Gilberto Saldivar Award                                      HOLA, 2013

Invited Artistic Director                                          PEN World Voices: New Plays from Spain, 2013

Invited Playwright                                                  Panorama Sur, 2012

Van Lier Fellowship                                                Repertorio Español. 2010

EMERGENYC member                                         Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, 2010

EDUCATION 

Columbia University                                               Masters in Fine Arts, Playwriting - in progress, 2020

Williams College                                                    Bachelor of Arts, 2009

 

MUSIC TRAINING

Hoff Barthelson Music School: classes in Composition, Theory and Electronic Music

Piano: Professors Edmund Niemann and Doris Stevenson