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International Citation of Merit Recipient - Joseph V Melillo

ISPA Award Recipient

Joseph V. Melillo

Joseph V Melillo

2020 International Citation of Merit Recipient

Joseph V Melillo was BAM’s executive producer from 1999 to 2018. Mr. Melillo was responsible for BAM's artistic direction, overseeing programming in all its performance spaces: the Howard Gilman Opera House, Harvey Theater, BAM Fisher and Rose Cinemas. He previously served as BAM's producing director and founding director of the Next Wave Festival, which debuted in 1983. Spanning a 35 year-tenure at BAM, Melillo has fostered the work of emerging and established artists, and forged numerous international partnerships. Awards include the Commandeur, Chevalier, and Officier de L'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), OBE (Great Britain), Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden), and Knight of the National Order of Québec (Canada). He has served as both a 2017 Gish Award panelist and a 2017 Heinz Award juror. Melillo is currently the International Artistic Advisor for Columbia Artists' and the 2019 Director’s Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. He is a lecturer at colleges and universities nationally and internationally.


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