VINCE MELOCCHI - PLAYWRIGHT- Vince 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 late father Ronald 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.
Eventually, he moved to Southern California to act professionally in film, television and stage. Soon, he become a member of the award winning Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, where he was really given a chance to hone his skills as both actor and writer. 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.
Along with his full length plays, JULIA, LIONS and FIGURES, his writing also includes a number of one act plays, including: BULLY, THE LAST LINEN DAY, and the aforementioned MAKING MOVES.
Vince is a member of the Dramatists Guild.