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. An actor and director, recent acting Chicago credits include productions at Northlight Theater and the Goodman Theatre. She is the Associate Artistic Director of First Folio Theatre. With Signal Ensemble Theatre one of her artistic homes, 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 among others.
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 because she loves it.