Melissa has been teaching singing and vocal technique from her Oakleigh South studio since 2005. Her main area of expertise is in musical theatre and cabaret, specifically audition preparation for professional music theatre and musical theatre courses such as WAAPA, BAPA and NIDA.
Another focus since 1999 has been towards VCE, in contemporary vocal performance. Her students have come from many schools including Caulfield Grammar, MLC, McKinnon Secondary College and Firbank.
She has also taught at music theatre and dance schools, including Patrick Studios Australia, Dance World, Centre Stage Dance School, Christine Walsh Dance School, The Dance Factory and Tony Bartuccios.
Melissa’s students have included Australian Idol finalists, students and graduates of WAAPA, VCA, BAPA and NIDA, VCE students, also cast members of many Australian music theatre productions.
Melissa has been performing professionally in Musical Theatre since 1992. Shows include; The Australian Touring Cast of Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar starring John Farnham, The Threepenny Opera at the Malthouse Theatre, the role of Killer Queen in We Will Rock You, The Fabulous Singlettes, The Pirates of Penzance starring Jon English, The Australian tour of Eurobeat and lead roles in many productions for The Production Company including Carousel, 42nd St, Follies, Sugar and Damn Yankees.
She won The Sydney Cabaret Convention in 2001 and has 2 Green Room awards for cabaret and many nominations including Best Actress in an Opera and Best Supporting Female in Music Theatre.
Melissa regularly runs Cabaret Showcases at Chapel off Chapel and tutors groups in many aspects of Musical Theatre.
These details were last updated on November 1, 2013