The Zellerbach Family Foundation is pleased to introduce Margot Melcon, the Foundation’s new Program Executive for Promoting Culture. Margot will oversee ZFF’s arts programming, including Community Arts, Youth Development through the Arts, Major Community Institutions, and other grants. Margot comes to ZFF from the Marin Theatre Company, where she spent seven years as an artist and administrator. As Director of New Play Development, Margot dramaturged main stage productions – including six world premieres – and administered the company’s two annual new play prizes. She produced the New Play Reading Series and managed Marin Theatre Company’s commissioning program, developing new plays from Steve Yockey, Carson Kreitzer, Amelia Roper, Thomas Bradshaw and Martyna Majok.
Margot has also worked with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and has been an active participant in developing new plays locally with the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Shotgun Players and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor; and nationally with the Kennedy Center, the New Harmony Project, and The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She has served on peer review panels and selection committees for arts organizations across the country.
Margot has served as a fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Playwrights Festival, a freelance writer for American Theatre Magazine, and is currently co-writing a play with Lauren Gunderson. Margot is a graduate of California State University, Chico.