Melissa was born in New York City, the only child of two opera singers. She spent a significant amount of her childhood backstage, in audiences, and at the age of three, made her performing debut as Trouble in New York City Opera’s touring production of Madame Butterfly. Melissa reprised this role three years later with Opera Northeast.  She was cast as Dorothy in her school’s production of The Wizard of Oz when she was ten years old, and the day she was given the role, she decided she wanted to pursue a career as an actress.

At New York University, Melissa studied acting at Tisch School of the Arts through Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and Stonestreet Studios. She earned her B.F.A. in Theatre, and has since appeared in various productions in New York City and around the country.

Melissa is also a Director and Producer. She co-founded Cupcake Lady Productions and The Fools & Kings Project.

Acting credits include:

Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona at the New York International Fringe Festival, 2013

Desdemona in Othello with Hudson Shakespeare Company

Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hudson Shakespeare Company

Miss Brittany/Tierra Rose in Pageant Princess, The Musical, directed by Shaun Peknic (Associate Director of Broadway’s Once)

Beauty in Beauty and the Beast with American Family Theater Tour

Jenny in The Shape of Things with CAGE Theatre Company

Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors with Hudson Shakespeare Company

Hero in Much Ado About Nothing with Black Henna Productions

Jessica in The Merchant of Venice with TND Productions

Angela in “Snooze”, directed by Nick Rocco Scalia

Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew with CAGE Theatre Company

Montjoy and the Boy in Henry V with Hudson Shakespeare Company

Please contact Melissa for her complete resume.