JULIAN MESRI: is a New York-based Argentinean-American director, playwright, and composer. He is the artistic director and founder of Sans Comedia, a bilingual theatre company.  Recent work with the company includes Red, (Sanctuary Festival, HERE Arts Center), The Gauchos (Teatro Extranjero, Buenos Aires) and the musical Bethlehem (St Paul's Theater, BAX Space Grant), Lisa and Her Things (The PIT, INTAR Theater), Immersion (The Treehouse), and Oedipus Gol (Dixon Place).  As a director, his work has recently been produced at IATI Theater (Los Columpios and Flor de Lirio) and Repertorio Español. 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 seven notable Spanish playwrights with contemporary New York City directors and actors during a two day-festival at The Martin Segal Theatre Center 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, a collective of Hispanic-American playwrights led by Alejandro Tantanian, 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, 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, showcased in May 2014 at the Accidental Festival in the UK. He is an adjunct professor of Performing Arts at Pace University.  

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EDUCATION

 

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

Williams College                                                  Bachelor of Arts                                                2009

The Dalton School                                               High School Degree                                           2005

 

HONORS / AWARDS

 

Usual Suspect                                                      New York Theater Workshop                              2014 –2017

BAX Space Grant                                                            BAX                                                                 2015

Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship                       New York Theater Workshop                              2012-13

Gilberto Saldivar Award                                        Hispanic Organizaiton of Latin Actors                   2013

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

Invited Playwright                                                Panorama Sur                                                    2012

Van Lier Fellowship                                             Repertorio Español                                             2010-2012

EMERGENYC member                                       Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics   2010

Wilmers Travel Fellowship                                    Williams College                                                2007

 

 

SELECTED PLAYS – FULL LENGTH

 

Red                                                                    Production – Sanctuary Festival – HERE Arts Center, 2017

 

The Gauchos Americanos                                     Production Teatro el Extranjero (Buenos Aires), 2016 –  (open run)

                                     

Bethlehema Saturnalia Pageant                          Reading – Brooklyn Generator, 2016

                                                                          Workshop – Sans Comedia, 2015   

                                                                          Workshop – BAX, 2015

                                                                          Workshop – Dixon Place, 2015–

                                                                          Reading – Brooklyn Generator, 2015

 

Progress – An American Fable                               Reading – Intar Theater, 2016

  Reading – New York Theater Workshop, 2015

 

Oedipus Gol                                                       Production – Sans Comedia, 2015

  Workshop – Dixon Place, 2015

 

Lisa and Her Things                                             Workshop – Intar Theater, 2016

  Workshop – Peoples Improv Theater, 2015

 

Immersion                                                          Workshop – Sans Comedia/Peoples Improv Theater, 2015

  Reading – Invisible Dog

 

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

  Workshop (as the Weavers), NYTW, 2013

 

 

 

SELECTED PLAYS – TRANSLATIONS

 

The Human Scale                                                   Workshop – Pace University, 2016

(by Rafael Spregelburd, Javier Daulte, Alejandro Tantanian) 

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

Leakages and Anticoagulants –                                    Workshop/Reading – Lark Theater Center, 2014       

 

SELECTED DIRECTED WORKS
Storage Locker by Jeff Stolzer                                   Production – IATI Theater, 2016

Los Columpios (The Swings) by Roger Simeon                        Production – IATI Theater, 2015

Flor de Lirio by Walter Ventosilla                             Production – IATI Theater, 2014

Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega                                 Production – Repertorio Español, 2013

La Dama Duende by Pedro Calderón de la Barca         Production – Repertorio Español Van Lier Festival, 2011

The Homophobes by Susana Cook                              Production – Dixon Place, 2011

La Estupidez by Rafael Spregelburd                          Production – Repertorio Español Van Lier Festival, 2010

 

 

SELECTED THEATRICAL SCORES/SOUND DESIGN

Evensong (by Christina Quintana, dir. David Mendizabal)         Production – Astoria Performing Arts Center, 2016

Romeo y Julieta (Shakespeare/Neruda, dir. Jerry Ruiz)              Readings – Public Theater Mobile Shakespeare Unit, 2016

The Red Book (Hybrid Stage Project)                                    Production – Incubator Arts Project

We Are Caligula (Susana Cook)                                            Workshop – Joe’s Pub/BAAD, 2013

American Jornalero (Ed Cardona Jr.)                                      Production – INTAR Theater, 2012

Intringulis (Carlo Alban)                                                     Production – INTAR Theater, 2011

Artifacts of Consequence (Ashlin Halfnight, dir. Andrew Lazarow) Production – Washington Ensemble Theater, 2010

Mannequins Ball (Bruno Jaslenski)                                        Workshop – Martin Segal Theater, PERFORMA Festival, 2010

Auto Da Fe (International WOW)                                        Production – Baruch Performing Arts Center, 2010

Reconstruction (International WOW)                                      Production – The Ohio Theater, 2009-2010

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

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

Acting, Theater techniques                                                Sans Comedia                                        2016-2017

Invited Teaching Artist                                                     UNIT 52, INTAR                                  2015

 

 

ARTICLES

 

Fish out of Water – the US/Mexico Convening                            The Lark Theater Center                         2016

Notes from the Latino Underground                                          Howlround/Café Onda                           2014

Exit the Stage                                                                    TCG                                                    2014

Looking Towards Latinamerica                                                Culturebot                                            2013