Careena Melia is an Irish born actress , director and producer with 20 years of experience in theatre, film and television. She has extensive experience as a performer, creator and director of immersive theatre.
From 2009 -2013 she worked with British immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk, and wrote, created and originated the role of Hecate in the award winning production of Sleep No More at the American Repertory Theatre and for its NYC run. This material is currently being used in the NYC and Shanghai productions of Sleep No More. Additional Punchdrunk projects include The MIT/NESTA Project at SNM and Minsky's Bar at the MIT Media Lab.
She co-directed the immersive piece Waking La Llorona with David Reynoso fellow SNM alum in San Diego, which will be part of La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival.
In 2017 she worked on the Westworld / HBO immersive experience at San Diego Comic Con and will be part of the remount at New York Comic Con in October.
Careena has taught and lectured at NYU/ Playwrights Horizons, The University of Iowa where she was the Grant Wood Fellow in Devised Theatre, Muhlenberg College, Coe College, AMDA and currently teaches directing at Boston Conservatory.
Careena holds an MFA from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University, is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice voicework and is the Artistic Director of Walden Shakespeare.