Melissa is a Chicago native (Go Cubs!) Her first memories include sitting in the audience of ET and The Nutcracker. She thanks her parents for nurturing her love of the arts.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, Melissa moved to NYC where she studied with legendary teacher/director Wynn Handman, originated a solo adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, toured with A Chorus Line, and created/starred in web series Missed Connections Live, a re-imagining of Craigslist Missed Connections.
Melissa is currently in Los Angeles where she produced, co-wrote, and stars in independent feature film All I Want. Her TV credits include Grimm, True Detective, Grey's Anatomy and Masters of Sex.
Melissa is passionate about collaborating with like-minded artists.