Julián Mesri

JULIÁN MESRI is a New York-based Argentinean-American director, playwright, and composer. He is the artistic director and founder of Sans Comedia, a bilingual theatre company.  Recent work with the company includes The Red Play, (Sanctuary Festival, HERE Arts Center), The Gauchos (Teatro Extranjero, Buenos Aires) and the musical Bethlehem (St Paul’s Theater, BAX Space Grant), Lisa and Her Things (The PIT, INTAR Theater), Immersion (The Treehouse), and Oedipus Gol (Dixon Place).  As a director, his work has recently been produced at IATI Theater (Los Columpios and Flor de Lirio) and Repertorio Español. His production of Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna at Repertorio Español won the 2013 Gilberto Saldivar Outstanding Production HOLA Award and two ACE Award nominations for Classical Theatre productions. He served as Artistic Director for the 2013 PEN World Voices: New Plays from Spain festival, bringing together seven notable Spanish playwrights with contemporary New York City directors and actors during a two day-festival at The Martin Segal Theatre Center He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, where he was a 2012-2013 Emerging Artist of Color Fellow. As a member of Panorama Sur, a collective of Hispanic-American playwrights led by Alejandro Tantanian, his work was showcased at the Buenos Aires International Theater Festival in 2015. He was also the 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español, where he directed Rafael Spregelburd’s La estupidez in its New York premiere (ACE nominee, Best Direction) and Calderón de la Barca’s La dama duende. Other recent work includes a production of Mar Gomez Glez’s 39 Defaults, and an adaptation of The Weavers with Pace University’s International Performance Ensemble, showcased in May 2014 at the Accidental Festival in the UK. He is a senior educator and costumed interpreter at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, an adjunct professor of Performing Arts at Pace University, and teaches piano, voice, and guitar at School of Rock NYC.  www.sanscomedia.com www.julianmesri.com