has been a member of Ensemble Studio
Theatre since its inception.
She was co-founder of the Ensemble
Studio Theatre Institute with the
late Curt Dempster and has taught at
42nd Street Collective
for Randee Smith Nguyen; Actors'
Theatre of Louisville;
The Tyrone Guthrie
Illusion Theatres in Minneapolis;
Ithaca Colleges, to name a few.
Her vast experience of training and coaching theatre professionals, covers over three
Melodie has worked as an actress in
professional theatre On and Off Broadway, with such notable
playwrights as David Mamet, Christopher Durang, Arthur Giron, Hal Corley,
Shirley Lauro, John Guare, Hal Corley, Albert Innaurato, the late
Frank Gilroy, Romulus Linney and Tennessee Williams. She
was fortunate to have worked with director Jerry Zaks several times (still
living!) as well as, Carl and Rob Reiner, Donald Scardino and the late Curt Dempster and
Garland Wright. Melodie is a founding member of
Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City,
also directed in Ensemble Studio Theatre's One Act Marathon and other
formats, as well as, Manhattan Punchline. She
has worked with many emerging playwrights as a dramaturg and has
developed theatre pieces of her own. Melodie has been
known in the business as an actress, a master teacher of actor’s craft and
a coach of professional actors in New York City for many years. She
is active as a singer in the tri-state area with her musical duo,
Somers & Steel. She is currently
developing the book and lyrics of her new musical, "The
Last Showgirl," with composer Rich Campbell.
“I came to NYC
to be in the arts. My study and professional work in the theatre led me to
more interests in psychology. My professional study and work in psychology
led me to interests in philosophy. Everything I continue to pursue and
pass on is influenced by these interests.”
Founding Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Graduate of New York Center of Psychoanalytic Training
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