Playwrights West

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Aleks Merilo is a Pacific Northwest -based playwright and drama teacher. Merilo’s scripts include The Snowmaker (Winner of the 2016 Playwrights First Award), The Widow of Tom's Hill (2nd Place winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition; produced at 59E59 Theaters in NYC, Fall of 2015), Exit 27 (Winner of the Coho Productions New by Northwest Playwriting Contest; performed at the Landing Theatre in Houston, The Sanguine Theatre Company in New York City, and currently in production at Southwest Theater Productions), and Little Moscow (Winner of Dubuque Playwriting Contest; performed at the Labute New Play Festival, and the Arundel Festival, UK ).  His plays have been performed/developed with the aide of The Furious Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theater, The Old Globe Theater, Portland Center Stage Fertile Ground Festival, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Ross Valley Players, The Moving Arts Theater, The UCLA New Play Festival, and Portland Readers Theater among others. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, he holds a BA in Theater, and an MFA in playwriting from The UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.