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Melisa Tien was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her BA in English from UCLA and her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. In New York City, her work has been seen at Under St. Marks Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre Manhattan Theatre Club, Theater at Riverside Church, Second Stage Theatre, 59E59 Theatres, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and The Tank/Collective Unconscious. Outside of New York City, her work has been seen in Aspen, CO, Baton Rouge, LA, Garden City, NY, and the 2007 Great Plains Theater Conference co-founded by Edward Albee. She was a 2007 Winner of the Theater Masters MFA Playwright Award. She has taught playwriting to young children, undergraduates, and graduate students. Melisa has been a Finalist for WordBRIDGE and a Semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She was chosen to present her work at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Mumbai, India in November 2009.

Familium Vulgare

Clean the house. Shop for food. Kill a wasp. That's all you can do when an unexpected accident claims the life of a loved one. Familium Vulgare explores the modern family, cultural cynicism, a disconnected society and how to navigate the murky waters of life after death.