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Ars Nova announces Melis Aker '18 as a resident of Play Group 2019

Head shot by Melis Akerstudent Melis Aker '18 Alumna joins Julia May Jonas '12 as a new member of the Ars Nova Plays Group 2019 . Play Group is a two year residency where members become part of the Ars Nova resident artist community. In addition to bi-weekly meetings where members exchange new work and receive feedback from their Play Group colleagues, members also receive dramaturgical support and artistic mediation advice from Ars Nova staff, invitations to Ars Nova shows, resident artists mixers and to see the work of Play Group alums across town, two Play Group writing retreats, and the opportunity to develop and present one of their pieces in a week-long workshop that can culminate in a public reading. Jonas was awarded this two-year residency last year and is now in his second year.

Melis Aker is a writer, actor and musician from Turkey. She is currently a 2050 Playwriting Fellow at NYTW and a member of Ars Nova's Play Group in 2019-2021. She was recently commissioned by the Atlantic Theater Company to develop her one-act play for their Middle Eastern Mixfest Junk and things , and it's part of the Middle East Writer's Room at the Lark Play Development Center. Melis' pieces include: field , awakening (2018 Sundance Theater Lab semi-finalist, 2018 Berkeley Rep Ground Floor finalist, 2018 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship finalist from Lark), who participated in the Signature Theater's New Plays Fest, Golden Thread's New Threads reading series and the Corkscrew Festival in the Paradise Factory was listed; Manar (2017 [email protected] finalist, 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award semi-finalist) who was on the New Works franchise by The New Group, LaMaMa, Golden Threads 2017 ReOrient Festival, LPAC's 2017 Rough Draft Festival and featured by Silk Road Rising on NPX ; 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter [Part I] (Larks Finalist of the Jerome New York Fellowship 2018) received a reading from the Noor Highlight Series at NYTW; Blue again [ Blue, revisited ] was carried out in workshops at the NYTW and the BRICLab Residency; When my mom was a Hittite (2018 [email protected] finalist) is currently under development at NYTW. Her acting performances include: The blacklist: redemption (NBC), Love in afghanistan (Arena stage / roundabout), breaking Dawn (Pan-Asian representative), Opium (New playwrights), Pull a root out of the earth (Kennedy Center / New Ohio), We live in Cairo (New World Levels). Melis recently held a TEDx talk in Ankara and works as a Ayad Aktar 's assistant. MFA Dramaturgy (Colombia), Acting (RADA), BA Acting and Philosophy (Tufts).

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