¡Figaro! (90210) by Vid Guerrerio featuring Samarie Alicea as "Susanna" and Luke Scott as "Paul Conti" Photo by Ken Howard


World Premiere at

Salt Lake Acting Company


October 16 - November 17, 2019


Navigating adolescence is not for the faint of heart, but Amali’s got this. She is twelve years old, she is wise, and she is fascinated – by A Midsummer Night’s Dream; by her changing body; by the story of the children killed in the woods. With humor, magic, blood, and fire, FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN is not your typical coming-of-age story.


Melissa Crespo is CT born with Dominican, Puerto Rican and Chilean roots. She is a New York City based director of theater, opera and film. She most often directs world premieres and is also a producer, dramaturg and playwright.

She is most known for ¡Figaro! (90210) which had it's world premiere at LA Opera and was produced twice Off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street. Melissa also directed the most recent incarnation of Tar Baby written and performed by Desiree Burch with Dan Kitrosser. Hailed as one of Huffington Post's 'Favorite Female Comedians," Tar Baby was awarded the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since had productions in NYC, London, New Zealand and Finland.

Melissa co-write the play Egress with Sarah Saltwick which recently had a workshop production at Cleveland Playhouse. She is currently adapting Angie Cruz's novel Soledad for the stage.

Melissa has served as a 2016-2018 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 current Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. 



Spring 2020 Artist Residency


Book & Lyrics by María Irene Fornés

Music by Al Carmines


The Wickedest Woman

by Jessica Bashline

Native Gardens

by Karen Zacarías

‘Native Gardens’: Building the

(Botanical) Wall

This spring, Karen Zacarías’s popular play is going up at three different theatres, and raises a prescient dialogue about border disputes and neighborly conduct. 


Amanda Morris in form of a girl unknown at Salt Lake Acting Company (Photo: dav.d daniels/ dav.d photography)