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Melissa Li

Melissa Li

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Melissa Li is a composer, lyricist, performer, and writer based in New York and Baltimore. She is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, a 2019 Lincoln Center Theater Writer-in-Residence, a 2019 Musical Theater Factory Maker, a 2019 Macdowell Colony Fellow, and a former Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow. Musicals include Interstate (New York Musical Festival, Winner “Outstanding Lyrics”), Surviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive, IRNE Award Winner for "Best New Play" 2007), and 99% Stone (The Theater Offensive). Her works have received support from The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Village Theater, Musical Theater Factory, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, Dixon Place, and others.

    Professional Experience

    • Off Broadway
    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • Boston/New England

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
    • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
    • Bookwriter/Librettist
    • Songwriter
    • Singer/Songwriter

    My Instruments

    • Guitar - acoustic
    • Piano
    • Violin

    Software

    • Finale
    • GarageBand

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Home Studio Whiz

    Affiliations

    • ASCAP
    • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD

    Person of Color?

    • Yes