Actor, Director, Dancer, Choreographer, Theatre-Maker
After a year of International, National, and Bus and Truck touring companies, Melissa made her Broadway debut in Michael Bennett's original production of A Chorus Line. She played Judy Turner for more than 2,000 performances. One line of dialogue, "Don't you want to do more than just dance in the chorus?" shaped the rest of her life. Melissa is grateful to all of her teachers, but especially Michael Bennett, Joseph Papp, Marvin Hamlisch, Theoni V. Aldredge, Tharon Musser, Marty Gold, Alex MacKay, Tom Porter, and Sherman Frank.
After leaving A Chorus Line, Melissa played Shelby in the New York premiere of Molly Newman's Shooting Stars. She also originated the role of Wally in Steven Fechter's Schiele. Other favorite acting credits include: Syzygy Theatre Company’s 365 Plays in 365 Days, an all-female version of Julius Caesar, Cover of Life, The Sisters Rosensweig, Talk To Me Like The Rain, and the West Coast premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s Roadkill Confidential.
Since 2006, Melissa has trained extensively with SITI Company in Suzuki, Viewpoints, and composition. She composed and directed her first experimental work, a production of Dorothy Parker stories, The Walking Wounded at The Complex Theater. Original works include: The Hat, The Women of The Hat, This is not a Tree, We are Stardust, and Asylum - a collaboration with another SITI Company trained Los Angeles artist.
Melissa co-chaired the Theatre Department at Glendale Community College from 2006-2020. She is the founder of Leap in the Dark Productions, and a proud Union Member of AEA; SAG-AFTRA.