Member Information

Name

Melody Brooks

Discipline

Producer, Director, Dramaturg

Company/Organization

New Perspectives Theatre Co.

Title at Organization

Artistic Director

Biography

MELODY BROOKS is an award-winning producer and director working in NYC since 1983. In 1991 she founded New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) and serves as Artistic Director and CEO. Its mission and goals are a result of her long experience working in the Off- and Off-Off Broadway arenas and reflect her commitment to true diversity and arts as education. Brooks directs the Women’s Work LAB, which develops short and full-length plays by 12-15 members per year, and produces ON HER SHOULDERS, staged readings of plays by women from the past. Brooks is also Executive Producer for NPTC’s Voices From the Edge Festival, which has showcased more than 75 new works by African-American writers since 1997. Through these programs Melody has developed and directed numerous original and classic plays (with 2 OOBR Awards, an Audelco Award, a Princess Grace Finalist and Essence Entertainment Option among the honors plays have received.) She has served as an Associate Producer for Education for the NY Musical Theatre Festival; and was an Asst. Professor of Theatre at LIU/Brooklyn from 1999-2009.

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Melody was recently honored as a “Trailblazing Woman of Theatre for Artistry & Vision” by Rhythm Color Associates. She received the “Spirit of Hope Award” in 2015 from Speranza Theatre Company for her support of women theatre artists for more than 25 years, and was named a “Person of the Year” by NYTheatre.com as a co-founder of 50/50 in 2020: Parity for Women Theatre Artists. She joined LPTW in 2009,  was Co-chair of the triennial  LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award 2014/2017, and is director/dramaturg for the Heritage Program. She currently serves as the LPTW Treasurer.