Theatre Magic: Romeo & Juliet

R&J Wedding

Romeo & Juliet’s Wedding. Full Cast. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, NYC

It’s been over a week since we closed, but I’m in serious denial that we’ve put Romeo & Juliet in the books. I’ve done a LOT of shows in the [number redacted] years that I’ve been in theatre, and – other than the obligatory bittersweet farewell – I’ve been able to accept the show closing and trudge forth. Not so with R&J. I keep using euphemisms for “over”, because to think that this production is done forever feels like being punched in the stomach repeatedly. In fact, I barely believe it actually happened. Did I dream it?

If you read my guest post on the lovely and talented Yvonne DeSalle’s blog, or if you’ve ever talked to me about Shakespeare for more than two minutes, Continue reading

Just Take the Note

Between the madness of Midsummer last month, and starting rehearsals next week for Cupcake Lady Productions‘ Night of One-Acts, I’ve been preparing to act in the Fringe Festival. And I’m NOT producing! It’s interesting to watch how Actor Melissa conducts herself, now that all this producing knowledge has seeped in, and one particular phrase keeps popping back into my brain. Continue reading

Actor Brain vs. Producer Brain


It’s proven much more difficult than I’d imagined to gather my thoughts and convert them to blog form, while in the thick of a rehearsal process. Every step has felt deeply personal – too personal to openly discuss in the format that I had so far established. With that said, let me attempt to share some musings, some reflections as our final dress rehearsal for The Fools & Kings Project’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream approaches tonight.

Producer/Actor is not like Producer/Director. The other two full-length shows that I’ve produced before felt very, very different Continue reading

My Theatre Life (Abridged)

I’m an actor, first and foremost, and a singer. As of about two years ago, I’m also a director/costume designer/set designer/producer. I’ve never, ever been happier in my life, and all of it is making me a better actor. I found myself recently wanting to shout from the rooftops about all the things I’m learning about acting, through producing. Perhaps a forum where other actors could soak up a bit of encouragement when they don’t get cast for stupid reasons, or where they could find a few tips on how to be Someone Who’s Great to Work With™! Where, oh where, could I impart my newfound wisdom? IF ONLY THERE WAS SUCH A THING!

That’s a blog, Melissa. You want to write a blog.

Before giving you any advice, I should probably explain myself. Hi, I’m Melissa. I’m the child of two opera singers. My first acting gig was when I was three years old: I played Trouble in Madame Butterfly with New York City Opera Tour. The moment I knew I wanted to act forever was Continue reading