Vince Melocchi is originally from Western Pennsylvania. While attending Penn State University, and short on credits, he took the only class still open, “Principles of Playwriting.” Having never written a play before, he panicked upon learning he had to have a one act play written by the end of the term. So, he called his father for advice, “Write what you know, son. You don’t know about King Henry the 5th, do you? So, write what you know.” That night he began work on his one act play “Making Moves”, about a group of janitors in a Western Pennsylvania hospital. MAKING MOVES was produced at Penn State the next year.
He went on to attend the Professional Training Program for actors at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. While at A.C.T, he also worked in the “Plays in Progress” unit, focusing on the reading and development of new plays. After A.C.T, he moved to Chicago and worked as a professional actor onstage.
Eventually he moved to Southern California and become a member of the award winning Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA. As a member of PRT, Vince co-created “The Writers Group at PRT”, with fellow actor/writer Valerie Dillman. It was in that writers workshop that his critically acclaimed, Ovation award nominated full length play, “LIONS” was born.
After various workshop stagings and readings, LIONS was produced as part of PRT’s 2008 season, with director Guillermo Cienfuegos at the helm. After it’s sold out run at PRT, LIONS was published by SAMUEL FRENCH, the prestigious publisher of dramatic literature.
Following LIONS, his play, JULIA, had it’s world premiere in 2010 at the Pacific Resident Theatre . JULIA was directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, and produced by Keith Stevenson, Melody Fernandez and Dan Cole at PRT. And after a very successful, sold-out run, it moved to Off Broadway’s 59e59 theatres in the spring of 2011 and was recently published by STAGE RIGHTS dramatic publishers.
In the fall of 2014, his play NICE THINGS (Directed by Elina de Santos), had it’s world premiere at ROGUE MACHINE THEATRE in Los Angeles.
His full length play, “BURIED IN THE NIGHT” was a O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist in 2016.
His writing also includes a number of one act plays, including: BULLY, THE LAST LINEN DAY, and the aforementioned MAKING MOVES. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.