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 (Ars Nova’s ANTFest), 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, New Dramatists, Dixon Place, and Highways Performance Space, among others.
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.
Anne is currently the Literary Director of Old Sound Room Performance Ensemble, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and the Editorial Associate at 53rd State Press. In the Fall of 2019, she will begin pursuing her MFA in Directing as a John Wells Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. BA, Comparative Literature, UVA.