Melanie's Experience

 



LONDON:


September 2016 - March 2017: Melanie freelanced with Homer Simpson Productions as a Marketing Assistant for the Hans Teeuwen: Real Rancour UK Tour 2016 and as a Production Assistant for industry presentations of Dougal Irvine's Angry Birds.


December 2016: Melanie was Producer and Director for a script development workshop for a new play, Moon Rocks and Astronauts by Diana Barnes. Stay tuned for news on the next phase.


October 2015 - July 2016: Melanie was a Producer for 8Squared: A Night of New Writing8Squared provides a public platform for Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media students to present short, eight minute plays to the industry and public.


February - April 2016: Melanie was a Marketing Officer for Hampstead Theatre's Festival. The Festival at Hampstead hosts panel discussions, workshops and performances centering on theatre, film, literature and design.


December 2015 - April 2016: Melanie worked with the AVA Festival on a Sponsorship Placement to help research and secure corporate sponsors for the event. AVA is an Audio Visual Arts Festival and Conference in Belfast that celebrates, amplifies and develops the strong current of electronic music and digital visual arts from Northern and Southern Ireland.


January - March 2016: Melanie was on a Producing Placement with Mercury Musical Developments. She supported planning and execution of the BEAM Festival produced by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network. BEAM aims to showcase and introduce new musical works in various stages of development to industry professionals.



GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA


February 2014 - August 2015: Melanie was Production Manager for Centre Stage where she managed 19 productions in addition to showcases and festivals. Centre Stage is a 285-seat, thrust stage venue that produces 14 plays/musicals and 1 New Play Festival a season.


April 2013 - August 2015: Melanie was the New Play Festival Director for Centre Stage's annual event. Melanie organised the submission and evaluation process as well as the production process for the week-long Festival presentation.


2011-2015: Melanie was occasionally engaged as a Director or Actor for Centre Stage shows. 


2012-2014: Melanie was a Teaching Artist for The Warehouse Theatre. This involved running one-day theatre workshops for primary or high schools.



NEW YORK CITY


2000-2008: Melanie was Front of House staff at the Helen Hayes Theatre (Broadway).


2004-2008: Melanie's day job was in the corporate sector. She was an Administrative Assistant and then promoted to a Contract Administrator for the Legal Department's Contract Administration division at The Beanstalk Group, an international trademark and logo licensing firm.


2003-2004: Melanie worked for play publisher and secondary rights administrator Samuel French, Inc. She started as a Receptionist and was involved as a script Evaluator and Judge with Samuel French's 10 Minute Play Festival. She was promoted to the position of Leasing Agent and Customer Service Representative.  


2000-2008: Melanie freelanced in assorted Production Assistant and Crew positions. Notable gigs were Cheat at The Woman's Project Theater andThe Last Dance for Sybil at New Federal Theatre.



EDUCATION


  • MFA Creative Producing (expected Summer 2017) - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - London
  • MA with Merit Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting) - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - Glasgow
  • Certificate Musical Theatre Performance - American of Musical and Dramatic Academy - New York City
  • BA Theatre - Converse College - Spartanburg, South Carolina


Melanie has also attended various classes, workshops, and intensives or been an apprentice at the following:


Independent Theatre Council (London), Southeastern Theatre Conference (Chattanooga, TN), Applied Theatre Conference (Greenville, SC), Creative Studios (Atlanta, GA), Playwrights' Studio Scotland (Glasgow), Shakespeare's Globe (London), Moscow Art Theatre School USA - Stanislavsky Summer School (Cambridge, MA), The People's Improv Theatre [The PIT] (NYC), HB Studio (NYC), Brian O’Neil Audition Workshop (NYC), Actors' Technique NY (NYC), BNN TV/Camera Planet (NYC), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA), Private Singing Voice Lessons (assorted teachers and locations)