Melissa began singing at the moment she broke forth from the womb. She followed her opera singer parents onto the stage at age 3, and fortunately, the director deemed her suitable enough to stay there. So, Melissa got to tour with New York City Opera as Trouble in Madame Butterfly, which accounts for all of her earliest memories. Though Melissa considered a career as a Ballerina at age 4 and as an Astronomer at age 7, she settled on Theatre at age 10 – and hasn’t changed her mind since. Following a “normal childhood”, she went to the Island of Misfit Toys (alternately known as Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, through NYU Tisch School of the Arts) to train in acting, directing and theatre design.
Melissa’s often cast as the ingenue (Ophelia in Hamlet, Desdemona in Othello, Jenny in The Shape of Things), and twice as the “dream girl” (Betty in “Hit and Match”, Angela in the short film “Snooze”). But she thinks she’s more accurately represented as a quirky character (Miss Brittany/Tierra Rose in Pageant Princess, The Musical) or a confusion-prone servant (Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors). Melissa ambitiously took on The Importance of Being Earnest as her directorial debut, which is simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating.
Melissa has an additional degree in Psychology which she uses constantly/never (depending on your perspective), makes really good omelets, and paints her apartment walls in obscenely bright colors.
She also loves wrinkly-faced, mopey-looking creatures, which probably explains her English Bulldog, Angus.