Mel Shapiro

Mel Shapiro is an American theatre director and writer, college professor, and author. Trained at Carnegie-Mellon University, Shapiro began his professional directing career at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and then as resident director at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.. He was co-producing director at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and has worked as guest director at the Hartford Stage Company, the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles (where he directed the American Premiere of Dario Fo's ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHISTt), the National Playwright's Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. Shapiro's off-Broadway productions include the original staging of John Guare's THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play in 1971.