Anne Cecelia DeMelo is a bilingual Brooklyn-based director, musician, and translator working across the mediums of theatre, opera, and film. 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 and develops plays and performances that investigate notions of borders, decolonization, bodies, ghosts, utopia, and time.
Recent directing work includes The Wagging Craze (upcoming at Ars Nova’s ANTFest 2019), 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, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series, The Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Pipeline Theater Co., New Dramatists, Rising Circle, The Brick, The Tank, Dixon Place, Cloud City, Highways Performance Space.
Assistant directing includes the world premiere and international tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Angel's Bone, and the world premiere of 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.
BA, Comparative Literature, UVA.