Member Since: 2005
Melanie is tremendously proud to be a member of Signal Ensemble Theatre. Her first appearance with Signal was as Beatrice in their production of Much Ado About Nothing. She was the winner of a Jeff Award for Best Principal Actress for her work in East of Berlin and The Russian Play, and was nominated for a Jeff Citation for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Weir. She also appeared in Signal's world-premiere production of Landslide, and played Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer. She was the Chicago Fellow at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada and appeared in Love's Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, and Caesar and Cleopatra, with Christopher Plummer. Melanie is also an artistic associate of First Folio Theatre where she has appeared as Portia in The Merchant of Venice, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, and Amanda in Private Lives, in addition to appearing in their productions of Salvage, Twelfth Night, Design for Living, Angel Street, Jeeves in Bloom and The Importance of Being Earnest. Melanie appeared at Northlight Theatre in Tom Jones and A Life, at Peninsula Players in The Fox on the Fairway, and at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival in King John, Twelfth Night and She Stoops to Conquer. Other credits include The Long Christmas Ride Home (Next Theatre), King John and Hamlet (Chicago Shakespeare), A Christmas Carol and To Kill a Mockingbird (Metropolis), The Misanthrope (BackStage), Marathon ’33 (Strawdog), and productions with The Goodman, Seanachai, Breadline, Shaw Chicago, and Lifeline theatre companies, among others. Melanie trained at the Birmingham Conservatory of Stratford, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.
- East Of Berlin & The Russian Play - Sarah / Sonya
- The Weir - Valerie
- She Stoops to Conquer - Kate Hardcastle
- Landslide - Sarah
- Much Ado About Nothing - Beatrice