Mr. Merenda is a director, writer, and performer. As a director, he received a Best Directing Award for Jim Gordon’s Making Ends Meet from The American Globe Theater & Turnip Theater Company’s 12th Annual Play Festival. Other recent credits include: The Long Ride Home by Robert Charles Gompers at the 5th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival (awarded Best Play & Best Ensemble, Kelly Kinsella, Live!), Under Broadway by Kelly Kinsella (New York International Fringe Festival), Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley, The Jubilee, and In Moscow by Anton Chekhov (Philadelphia Fringe Festival). Mr. Merenda wrote and performed It’s a Wonderful Lie, directed by Joan Evans. Acting credits with The Fourth Unity Theatre Company include: Mr. Ellis in the New York Premiere of Edwin Sanchez’s Icarus (OOBR Award for Excellence), Nightingale in Vieux Carre, Pun in The Date, Scott in Refreshments, and Hughie in What I Missed in the 80s. Mr. Merenda received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with Stella Adler. He is also a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory.