MELISSA KIEVMAN is a New York-based theater director and recent recipient of the NEA/TCG fellowship for directors. Kievman has directed dozens of new plays including the world premiere of ANON at the Atlantic Theater by Kate Robin, WALK TWO MOONS by Julia Jordan at the Lucille Lortel and THE NECKLACE, a serial mystery, created with members of The Talking Band. Formerly Associate Artistic Director of New Dramatists, an urban writer's colony devoted to the support and development of new plays and playwrights, Melissa has developed new work by playwrights Brooke Berman, Melissa James Gibson, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Julia Jordan, Sarah Treem, David Zellnik, Kelly Stuart, Laura Eason, Kate Walat, Ann Marie Healy, Laura Schellhardt at Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis, Soho Rep, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theater, The O'Neill Theater Center, Tisch School of the Arts, Voice and Vision, Syracuse Stage, Yale, ACT Seattle, Playwrights Horizons, among others. Kievman is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a Drama League of New York Directing Fellow, has performed with the Bread and Puppet Theater in NYC and abroad and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Northwestern. Each August, together with her husband director Brian Mertes, she co-directs Chekhov at Lake Lucille, an annual retreat and large-scale community performance event.