Melissa Crespo (she/her/hers) is from Connecticut with Dominican, Puerto Rican and Chilean roots. She is a New York City based director of theater, opera and film. She most enjoys directing world premieres. She is also a producer, dramaturg and playwright.

As a director, Melissa has developed work at New Dramatists, The Lark (RIP!), The Playwright's Center and theaters around the country & abroad.


As a playwright, Melissa co-wrote Egress with Sarah Saltwick and received the Roe Green Award Workshop Production at Cleveland Playhouse in 2019. Egress recently had a world premiere at Amphibian Stage, and will be produced at Salt Lake Acting Company as a NNPN Rolling World Premiere.


She is a Founding Editor of 3Views on Theater, an online theater journal conceived by The Lillys

Melissa has served as a Time Warner Fellow at WP Theater, Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre and is an alum of the Drama League Director's Project. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama.

She is a proud member of the 2021 Still Standing Artist Residency and the newly appointed Associate Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage.

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