A longtime resident of Chicago, Melanie adores her community and her urban family of artists. She’s spent some time away from Chicago over the years but is always happy to return home. Recent Chicago credits include productions at Northlight Theater and the Goodman Theatre. She is a proud member of both First Folio Theatre and Signal Ensemble Theatre. With Signal, she won a Jeff Award for Best Actress her performance in East of Berlin and The Russian Play, and was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Weir. Regionally, she has worked at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Wilde Award nomination), Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre and Peninsula Players.
Melanie developed a love for Shakespeare early on and had the distinction of being selected as the only American to train at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training in 2007-2008 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. As a member of the Acting Company, she appeared in Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Des McAnuff’s production of Caesar and Cleopatra, starring Christopher Plummer. Melanie also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Illinois Wesleyan University.
When she’s not acting, Melanie keeps busy running her own business and traveling—sometimes for work and sometimes, just cause she loves it.