Body of Work

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Photography by David Rodgers

Voice: Mezzo Soprano
Height: 5′ 6″
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Silver
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Georgy (dir: Peter Hunt) Meredith TONY Nomination
Scarlet Pimpernel (dir: Peter Hunt) Helene
Candide (dir: Harold Prince) Baroness Understudy Old Lady
Cabaret (dir: Harold Prince) Sally Bowles Broadway & First National Company
Promises, Promises (dir: Robert Moore) Fran Kubelik Tour opposite Tony Roberts
The Apple Tree (dir: Mike Nichols) Chorus Understudy for Barbara Harris
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (dir: Abe Burrows) Chorus Understudy for Mary Tyler Moore


Fleet Week Libby/Mayor New York Fringe Festival
Peg O’ My Heart Mrs. Chichester Irish Repertory Theatre
Cyrano Duenna York Theatre
Third Person Susan York Theatre
Hansen’s Cab Florence Jose Qunitero Theatre
Cat’s Paw Hildegard Bub Soho Repertory Theatre
Radio Gals Hazel/Gladys (cvr) John Houseman Theatre
Olympia Olympia EAT Fest – Mint Theatre
24 Hour Musicals Mother Atlantic Repertory Theatre
Palm Beach Mother NYMT Festival
Douglas Fairbanks Theatre
Meet John Doe Mother NYMT Festival
St. Clements Theatre
The Second City Resident Member Chicago, IL
An Evening with Burns and Schreiber Resident Member Chicago, IL

Regional Theatre – Straight Plays

The Velocity of Autumn Alexandra Old Log Theater
New Electric Ballroom Breda Frank Theater
Uncle Vanya Maria Voynitsky (cvr) Guthrie Theater
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Mama Guthrie Theatre
What’s the Word For Janet Caleodis Illusion Theatre
Hedda Gabler Aunt Julie Southern Theatre
The Enemy: Time Princess Pazmezoglu Gremlin Theatre
By the Bog of Cats Mrs. Kilbride Frank Theatre at the Guthrie
When We Are Married Mrs. Northrop/Clara Soppitt (cvr) Guthrie Theatre
The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Bracknell/ Miss Prism (cvr) Guthrie Theatre
The Unexpected Guest Mrs. Warwick Alley Theatre
After the Fall Quentin’s Mother Alley Theatre
Steel Magnolias Clairee Alley Theatre
Steel Magnolias M’Lynn Pennsylvania Center Stage
Steel Magnolias Oiser Hippodrome State Theatre
The Dresser Her Ladyship Bristol Riverside Theatre
(Philly Award)
The Dresser Madge Stage Company, West Palm Beach
I Remember Mama Mama Florida Repertory Theatre
Lettice and Lovage Lettice Hippodrome State Theatre
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little Catherine Ruth Forman Theatre
A Thousand Clowns Sandra Arlington Park Theatre
Cheaters Grace Ruth Forman Theatre
Love Letters Melissa Hippodrome State Theatres

Regional Theatre – Musicals

The Wedding Singer Grandma Rosie Old Log Theater
My Fair Lady Mrs. Higgins Guthrie Theater
Cabaret Frauline Schneider Frank Theatre
Sound of Music Sister Margaretta Ordway Theatre
NINE Guido’s Mother North Shore Music Theatre
A Little Night Music Madame Armfeldt Shaker Mountain Opera Festival
King of Hearts Madame (Madeline) Goodspeed Opera House
Zorba The Leader Berkshire Theatre Festival
H.M.S. Pinafore Buttercup Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Princess Puffer Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Cabaret Fraulein Schneider Pennsylvania Center Stage
Cabaret Sally Bowles Paramus Playhouse
Hello Dolly! Dolly Levi Westchester Broadway Theatre
Kiss of the Spider Woman Mama Molina North Shore Music Theatre
Paramour Madame St. Pé Old Globe Theatre
Sweeney Todd Mrs. Lovett Pennsylvania Centre Stage
The Medium (Menotti) Madame Flora Pennsylvania State University
Company Amy Forum Theatre
(Joseph Jefferson Award)
A… My Name is Alice Actress 4 Ruth Forman Theatre
Ballroom Bea Asher Ruth Forman Theatre
The Rothchilds Gutele Florida Repertory Theatre
Seesaw Gittel Ruth Forman Theatre
Minnie’s Boys Minnie Marx Florida Repertory Theatre
Gypsy Mama Rose Mark Two Dinner Theatre
Anything Goes Reno Sweeney Mark Two Dinner Theatre
Anything Goes Mrs. Harcourt Hirschfeld Theatre
Ruthless Sylvia St. Sydney Hippodrome State Theatre
Annie Miss Hannigan Royal Palm Theatre
(Carbonell Award)
I Do, I Do Agnes Mark One Dinner Theatre
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off Evie Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre
Nunsense Sister Hubert Mark Two Dinner Theatre
Pirates of Penzance Ruth Royal Palm Theatre
(Carbonell Award)
Pirates of Penzance Ruth John Kenley Players Tour
Sweet Charity Nikki Royal Palm Theatre
(Carbonell Award)
South Pacific Nellie Forbush Bailey Hall
El Capitaine The Queen Florida Repertory Theatre
Flora, the Red Menace Charlotte Ruth Forman Theatre
Evita Mother Hirschfeld Theatre
Huck and Jim on the Mississippi The Widow Florida Atlantic University
Once Upon a Mattress Winifred Mark One Dinner Theatre


TONY Nomination Georgy Meredith Peter Hunt, Director
Philly Award The Dresser Her Ladyship Bristol Riverside Theatre
Joseph Jefferson Award Company Amy Forum Theatre
Carbonell Award Annie Miss Hannigan Royal Palm Theatre
Carbonell Award Pirates of Penzance Ruth Royal Palm Theatre
Carbonell Award Sweet Charity Nikki Royal Palm Theatre


Surly and Disrespectful Open Eye Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Full Gallop Les Reines Formidables Theater Company, Saint Paul, MN
Yarrrh!! The Lusty, Busty Pirate Musical 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Open Eye Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Wild Party (Andrew Lippa Version) Marymount Manhattan College, Theresa Lang Theatre, NYC
Cabaret University of Florida, Center for Performing Arts Mainstage, Gainesville, FL
Twelfth Night University of Florida, Center for Performing Arts Blackbox, Gainesville, FL
Midsummer Night’s Dream University of Florida, Constans Theatre, Gainesville, FL
Godspell University of Florida, Constans Theatre, Gainesville, FL
Company University of Florida, Constans Theatre, Gainesville, FL
Baby University of Florida, Constans Theatre, Gainesville, FL
Little Shop of Horrors University of Florida, Constans Theatre, Gainesville, FL
Three Penny Opera University of Florida, Constans Theatre, Gainesville, FL
The Mystery of Edwin Drood University of Florida, Constans Theatre, Gainesville, FL
Guys and Dolls Temple Solel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Annie Mark One Theatre, Lakeland, FL

Vocal Coaching

The Good Person of Setzuan Frank Theatre
Vinegar Tom Frank Theatre
Brownstone Berkshire Theatre Festival
Cabaret Pennsylvania Center Stage
Twelfth Night University of Florida Players
Mother Courage Florida Atlantic University
Starting Here, Starting Now Hemmingway Theatre
She Loves Me Pennsylvania State University

Voice Studio/Voice Teacher

Ms. Hart has maintained an on-going voice studio since 1980. She teaches actors, singers, and dancers at any level how to sing with healthy technique for both belting and legitimate styles. She also works with the injured voice. In addition, she coaches students in the dramatic presentation of their material and prepares them for auditions. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA).

Special Award – Distinguished Alumna from FAU

Florida Atlantic University honored Melissa as the Distinguished Alumna from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters for 2016 in a ceremony on the FAU campus, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Melissa earned her MFA in Acting and Directing from FAU in 1990.



University of Illinois (Voice Major, Piano Minor) Transferred to Northwestern
Northwestern University B.A. Speech (Theatre)
Florida Atlantic University MFA (Acting/Directing) Studied with Josh Logan and Zoë Caldwell

Voice Training

Ellen Faull, New York City Opera and Julliard Conservatory
Richard Miller, Oberlin College
Scott McCoy, Ph.D., Westminster Choir College

Speech Language Vocology and Vocal Health Training

Anat Keidar, Ph.D., CC-SLP; New York City

Academic Positions Held

University of Florida 1990-1994 Associate Professor, Dept. of Theater
Pennsylvania State University 1994-1996 Associate Professor, Dept. of Theater
Marymount Manhattan College 1996-2008 Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Theatre
Florida Atlantic University 1983, 1986 Adjunct Professor of Music Theatre, Dept. of Theatre

College Courses Taught

Audition Techniques
Beginning Acting
Shakespeare Acting
Beginning Musical Theatre Acting
Advanced Musical Theatre Acting
Advanced Musical Theatre Scene into Song
Advanced Music Theatre Performance
Musical Theatre Acting Styles
Acting: Character and Analysis
Acting for the Camera
Class Voice

Workshops and Master Classes Conducted

Ms. Hart has conducted Master Classes and Workshops in Music Theatre at:

Twin Cities Actor’s Expo Macalester College Department of Theatre University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Program
St. Olaf College Voice Dept. MacPhail Center for Music Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point University of Florida Florida Association of Theatre Educators
Alley Theatre, Houston Baltimore School of the Arts Penn State University
Marymount Manhattan College University of Oklahoma Kentucky Governor’s School
Florida Atlantic University Florida Thespian Conference Interlachen Music Camp
University of Miami Coconut Grove Playhouse CADA School of the Arts
Southeast Theatre Conference FCCAA Conference                                        Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association
National Association of Teachers of Singing – First National Convention on Belting
Featured Recitalist for the first NATS convention held on Belting


Cunard Line H.M.S. Contessa
Cunard Line H.M.S. Sagafjord
Crystal Palace, Freeport, Bahamas
Princess Casino, Freeport Bahamas
Village Royale Theatre, Boynton Beach, FL
Aventura Eldorado, Miami, FL
Oakbrook Village Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Lauderdale West Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Rainberry Bay Theatre, Delray Beach, FL
Huntington Point Theatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Sunrise Lakes Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Covered Bridge Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“City of Hope” Charity Benefit, Sunrise Musical Theatre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Huntington Lakes, Delray Beach, FL
Golden Hills Theatre, Ocala, FL
King’s Point Theatre, Pompano Beach, FL
Century Village, Ft. Lauderdale, FL