Melanie has worked with adolescents and teens for over 20 years. In that time, she has written, devised, produced, choreographed, directed, stage managed, and taught countless productions with young people. She has studied with the famed Herbert Berghof, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, preformed for young audiences around the US, interned with a youth theater company in Cork, Ireland, and spent the bulk of her career working with middle school students in New York City on both musical productions and self written performances.
Since the inception of the Greenwood Lake Mural Project, Melanie has branched out into numerous other disciplines and mediums of creative communication, including community organizing, production of public art, creative activism, arts advocacy, and other curatorial pursuits.
To promote freedom of speech, independent thought, curiosity, critical thinking, responsibility, positive problem solving, acceptance, compassion, and creativity.
“Responsibility stems from compassion. The kinds of engaging interactions inherently present in all collaborative creativity cannot help but promote compassion.”
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