I worked with Melissa over a year ago at the Young Vic, tackling a dialect that wasn’t only foreign to the actors but also new territory for Melissa herself given that it was a period accent that had no pre- existing resources for us to draw upon. Undeterred by this, Melissa went on to compile a detailed work sheet, a ‘Bronx’ warm-up and a CD with some superb clips for us to take home. Aside from these great little extras, her presence in the rehearsal room was extremely reassuring and she always warmed us up and prepared us thoroughly for the day.
The rehearsal room can be a repetitive and tiring environment, but Melissa was always focused on the task in hand, keeping an eagle eye on any slip up s before providing us with bespoke and original exercises to remedy these problems at the end of the session. She was a vital part of our process and will doubtless become an invaluable asset to many companies throughout her career.
Professional Actor - Broadway and West End