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Vivian Melde

As a life-long dance and theater performer, Vivian debuted her skills as director in 1992 with the production of Ntozake Shange’s play, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow ain't enuf, at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse in (Anchorage, AK).

 

In 2010 she directed a premier staged reading of The Black Cockerel, by Nigerian playwright Ademola Bello at Out North Contemporary Art House (Anchorage, AK). For the same theater, she wrote and performed the one- woman show Horse Tales. In 2015, Vivian directed Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, which brought together a multi-ethnic cast of seven talented women between the ages of 18 and 32. Also in 2015, she was one of the creators of We Came to Stay: Anchorage Untold Stories, a project celebrating the lives of immigrants who arrived in Anchorage during the centennial years. In addition to performing and directing, Vivian is responsible for the choreography, featured in Emotional Creature, Nunsense, Big River and choreographed Enchanted World, a holiday family show of robotic human dolls from all over the world, which ran for over ten years.

In preparation of The Child behind the Eyes, Vivian reached out to local non profit agencies that advocate for children and families with differently abled individuals such as the Alaska Down Syndrome Congress and Stone Soup Group, and organized audience discussions between them, the actress, director, and composer.