Melinda Lopez (Playwright) was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American Theatre.” She was a 2003 recipient of a Mass Cultural Council grant, and a resident playwright at the Huntington Theatre. Sonia Flew won the Elliot Norton Award for “Best New Play,” and the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) for “Best Play” and “Best Production.” It has been produced at the Huntington Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and the Summer Playwrights Festival. It will broadcast on NPR’s “The Play's The Thing!” next spring. Her other award-winning plays include God Smells Like a Roast Pig (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award: Outstanding Solo Performance); Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche, (Coconut Grove Playhouse); The Order of Things (CentaStage, Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays) and others. Melinda is also an actress; she has appeared at regional theatres across the country, and is featured in the movie Fever Pitch. She makes her home in Boston.