Melissa is an actor, singer, dancer and yogi. She has performed professionally throughout New York, Connecticut, and Missouri with James Robey Dance Company, Edgar Cortez Dance Theatre, Axial Theatre Company, Mustard Seed Theatre, Metro Theatre Company and Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre Company. She has her BA in Voice from the University of Akron, her 500-hr yoga teacher certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and an MA in Theatre from Fontbonne University.
Melissa is a certified Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher and has taught yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts, Wat Suan Mokh in Chaiya, Thailand, Fontbonne University, Webster University, Missouri Baptist University, and several yoga and dance studios throughout Connecticut and Saint Louis. Her devotion to yoga and spiritual seeking brought her to Haridwar, India where she studied yoga and ayurveda at the Santosh Purinam ashram; to Wat Suan Mokh in Chaiya, Thailand where she studied Buddhist meditation; and to France and Spain where she walked the 800 km pilgrimage – Camino de Santiago. Melissa created a solo show about her spiritual travels entitled TISARANA that was presented at The Chapel, Saint Louis, and STL Fringe Festival.