Huntington Theatre Company awarded $245,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Melinda Lopez and Derrick Trumbly in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN.
Melinda Lopez and Derrick Trumbly in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN.
Photo: T. Charles Erickson

The Huntington Theatre Company’s “Invisible Man” and “Our Town” are proof that this organization is anything but invisible, and now it has further evidence. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the company $245,000, which makes Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Melinda Lopez, a very happy camper. The award-winning actress and author of “Sonia Flew” and “Becoming Cuba” will join the company’s full-time staff as playwright-in-residence on July 1. Lopez grabbed one of the 14 residency grants announced this month to theater companies around the country.

The Bedford resident has said: “I’m so happy to have enjoyed a long, rich relationship with the Huntington,” says Lopez. “To be able to work closely with Peter [Artistic Director Peter DuBois] and the entire Huntington community in a new capacity and to be funded so I can write full-time is literally a dream come true.”

Lopez teaches playwriting at Boston University and plays Mrs. Gibbs in the current Huntington production of “Our Town.”

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