Melissa Crespo is from Connecticut with Dominican, Puerto Rican and Chilean roots. She is a New York City based director of theater, opera and film. She enjoys directing world premieres more than anything. She is also a producer, dramaturg and playwright.
As a director, Melissa has developed work at LAByrinth Theater Company, New Dramatists, The Lark and theaters around the country. As a playwright, Melissa co-wrote Egress with Sarah Saltwick. It received the Roe Green Award Workshop Production at Cleveland Playhouse last Spring and will have a world premiere production at Amphibian Stage when theater returns. She is currently the Editor for 3Views on Theater, a new 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 where she is now a faculty member.
She is a proud member of the 2021 Still Standing Artist Residency.