Melissa is a theater artist, director and educator originally from North Carolina. Her acting credits include: Fool For Love, The Laramie Project, The Exonerated, Brecht Unplugged at Roxbury Repertory Theater, and Zorro! at Paintbox Theater. In recent years she has directed Our Town and Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Ashfield Community Theater, Woman with the Red Kerchief at Boston Playwright’s Theatre, and the original play Legal Tender: Women & The Secret Life of Money. Melissa has been especially focused on her work with survivors of sexual violence and theater as a mode of community transformation; she founded and directs the Survivor Theatre Project at the Women’s Educational Center. Melissa completed her Master of Arts in Theatre Education at Emerson College in Boston, where she concentrated on directing and theater for social change.
Melissa joined Enchanted Circle Theater as a performing and teaching artist in the summer of 2009. She is active in all ECT teaching programs from school residencies and professional development to Family Literacy and Community Engagement programming. Melissa performs in the ECT productions in multiple roles in BETWEEN THE CANALS: The Evolution of a Mill Town, as Katharine Skinner Kilborne in THE SKINNER SERVANTS’ TOUR: A Living History of Wistariahurst, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Olive Gilbert, Frances Titus and Lucy Colman in SOJOURNER’S TRUTH:”I will shake every place I go to.”
Who We Are
“Students that were struggling readers became narrators and learned to read with ease. The students gained so much confidence. They learned how to work together cooperatively, and the value in supporting each other. This was a tremendous learning experience for all of us.”
~ 3rd grade teacher, Holyoke, MA