About Joseph V. Melillo

New York, New York

Joseph V. Melillo, BAM executive producer since 1999, is responsible for BAM’s artistic direction, overseeing programming in all its performance spaces: the Howard Gilman Opera House, Harvey Theater, BAM Fisher, Rose Cinemas, and BAMcafé. He previously served as BAM’s producing director and founding director of the Next Wave Festival, which debuted in 1983. Currently in his 35th and final year at BAM, Melillo has in his tenure fostered the work of emerging and established artists, and forged numerous international partnerships such as DanceMotion USAsm, an international cultural engagement program of the US Department of State, produced by BAM. His awards include the Chevalier and Officier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and an OBE (Great Britain). Melillo has served on the US Nominating Committee for the Praemium Imperiale, a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. He was awarded the title of Knight of the National Order of Québec in 2016, and received the 2018 Bessies Presenter Award for Outstanding Curating. He has served on the faculty of Brooklyn College, and as a lecturer at colleges, universities, and arts agencies in the US and abroad.

The Director’s Fellowship gives a CBA residency to artists, scholars, and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the field of ballet. The fellowship is given at the discretion of CBA’s Founder and Director, Jennifer Homans.

Director’s Fellows will receive access to CBA’s studio and office spaces, NYU’s academic resources, and a stipend to pursue projects of the fellow’s own imagining. While in residence, Director’s Fellows will share their perspective and expertise to further deepen the artistic and scholarly work emerging from CBA.


Joseph V. Melillo Headshot. Photo by Jesse Winter.

Photo by Jesse Winter.

Joseph V. Melillo Headshot. Photo by Jesse Winter.