Anne Cecelia DeMelo is a bilingual Brooklyn-based director, musician, and translator. Blending a text-based approach with a surrealist vision, she builds multi-disciplinary civic theater rituals that acknowledge and incorporate the audience as a meaningful entity. Anne directs + develops plays and performances that explore notions of borders, decolonization, bodies, ghosts, utopia, and time.
Recent directing work includes feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me] (LPAC), House of Karen (Signature Theater x Columbia University), Blood Bag (Brown University, Barn Arts), and The Trojan Women (The Flea, Drama Desk Award nomination: Outstanding Adaptation). Other directing: JACK, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series, The Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, New Dramatists, Pipeline Theater Co., Rising Circle, The Brick, The Tank, Cloud City/The Freight Project, Highways Performance Space.
Assistant directing includes the world premiere and Hong Kong tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Angel's Bone at the 2015 Prototype Festival and Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann's Warehouse, as well as productions for BAM’s Next Wave Festival and Atlantic Theater Company.
Anne is currently a Resident Director at the Flea Theater, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, the Literary Manager of Old Sound Room Performance Ensemble, and the Editorial Associate at 53rd State Press. BA, Comparative Literature, UVA.