Melissa has worked as a performer, choreographer, director, and teaching artist in the Bay Area for the last 6 years. She received her BFA in acting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Melissa is a resident teaching artist at Berkeley playhouse and with The Quinan Street Project in Pinole, where she continues to teach theater and dance to students ranging from 2-18 years old. Her Directing and Choreography credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Shrek The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and James and the Giant Peach with Berkeley Playhouse. Melissa is also a working actor and her favorite roles include Diana Morales from A Chorus Line with Solano College Theater, Hermia from Midsummer (Jon Tracy’s original adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream) with Solano Reparatory Company, and a featured dancer in The Wiz with Berkeley Playhouse.