Careena Melia is an Irish-born actress with 20 years of experience in theater, dance, film, and television. Fellowship projects included ICU, an exploration of cancer and performance with Complicite Theatre Company (London) and the Grant Wood Art Colony (Iowa City); Romeo and Juliet with Shelter Theatre Group (New York City); King Lear with Island Shakespeare (New York City); Women’s Titus Project, an exploration of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with an all-female ensemble (Iowa City); and River Stories, a devised theater workshop at the Iowa City Senior Center. Prior to her Grant Wood Fellowship, she created and originated the role of Hecate in Punchdrunk’s award-winning production of Sleep No More at the American Repertory Theater and the current Off-Broadway run, for which she received a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance. Melia is the artistic director of Walden Shakespeare and received her M.F.A. from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater at Harvard University.

Former Fellow
2014 to 2015