"Through Joe Melillo, BAM has taken artistic and financial risks to present the highest quality, innovative work from the UK, and to encourage other U.S presenters to follow his lead," said director-general of the British Council Sir David Green in a statement.
Among the British productions which Melillo has brought to BAM are Life Is a Dream by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Richard II and Coriolanus by the Almeida Theatre Company, Jane Eyre by Shared Experience, Midsummer Night's Dream by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hamlet from the Royal National Theatre, and Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night from the Donmar Warehouse.
Melillo joined BAM in 1982 as founding director of the Next Wave Festival, which includes new music, theater, and dance.
OBE stands for Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The order was founded in 1917 by King George V. The honors are awarded in honor of achievements or services to British interests.
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