Since 2005, Melissa has been teaching privately from her studio in Oakleigh South. All styles are included, but Musical Theatre, VCE Contemporary Voice and Cabaret are her specialties!
She has also taught at many music theatre and dance schools, , but currently teaches voice at The Australian Institute of Music and Monash University.
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 professionally singing in music theatre, concert and cabaret since 1991. She has appeared in many major professional productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, The Pirates of Penzance, Into the Woods, City of Angels and many more. She has performed her cabaret shows in New York, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Melissa is co-founder and director of The Cabaret Showcases which have been running from 2004 - 2007 at Capers Cabaret, and from 2011 - 2018 at Chapel off Chapel which showcases new Australian cabarets.
Melissa's personal training has included being coached by Brian Stacey, Naomi Eyers, Gary May and David Ashton-Smith.