Melissa James Gibson

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Melissa James Gibson
BornOttawa, Canada
ResidenceNew York, United States

Melissa James Gibson is a Canadian-born playwright based in New York.


The child of former BC Liberal MLA Gordon Gibson and journalist Valerie Gibson, Melissa James Gibson grew up in North Vancouver.[1] She graduated from Columbia University and from the Yale School of Drama with an M.F.A. in Playwriting. After graduating, she worked as a college counselor at the exclusive arts-oriented Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, where her daughter, Celia Frey, graduated in 2017 and her son, Griffin Frey, is a current sophomore. [2] She is working on commissions for the La Jolla Playhouse and The Adirondack Theatre Festival. She has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.[3] The New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood wrote that, with her play This, Gibson “graduates into the theatrical big leagues with this beautifully conceived, confidently executed and wholly accessible work.” [1]



  • God's Paws (1993).
  • Six Fugues (1995).
  • [sic], Steppenwolf Theatre Company commission, New York Premiere: Soho Rep (2001).
  • Suitcase, or Those That Resemble Flies From A Distance (NEA/ TCG Theatre Residency Program), Soho Rep (2004).
  • Brooklyn Bridge, music by Barbara Brousal (The Children's Theater Company/New Dramatists Playground program commission) (2005).
  • Current Nobody, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, DC, (2007).
  • Nuda Veritas, Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2009).
  • This, Playwrights Horizons, (2009).[6] Canadian Premiere: Vancouver Playhouse, January 2011, directed by Amiel Gladstone.
  • What Rhymes With America, Atlantic Theater Company (2012).
  • Various episodes for the TV series The Americans (2013-2014).
  • Placebo, Playwrights Horizons (2015).
  • Given Fish (Steppenwolf Theatre Company commission, grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Greenwall Foundation)


  1. ^ a b[dead link]
  2. ^ Del Signore, John. "Playwright Melissa James Gibson Discusses What Rhymes With America", Gothamist, December 26, 2012. "I was a college counselor for many years at a private school in Brooklyn, St. Ann's. It's a wonderful school, really cool school. I was there pretty much since graduate school, other than two fellowship years."
  3. ^ "Alumni Playwrights". New Dramatists. Archived from the original on September 2, 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  4. ^ "New York Search Obies Theater Awards". 2012-10-17. Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  5. ^ "2002 Winner in Drama". whiting.or. Whiting Foundation.
  6. ^ "Melissa James Gibson's This Extends at Playwrights Horizons Through January 3 – Theater News – Dec 7, 2009". 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2013-05-22.

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