Behind the Scenes

Melissa's passion for performing was evident at an early age; she was enrolled in acting classes at her local community theater on Long Island, music lessons (she plays the violin…get it?), and attended a renowned performing arts sleep-away camp, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, for several formative summers. She went on to study at Northwestern University's prestigious theatre program, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Music Theatre certificate. She made her professional debut in Chicago even before she graduated college, featured prominently in the world premiere of The Teapot Scandals of 1923, a Jeff Award-nominated musical comedy detailing the “Watergate” of the Warren G. Harding presidential administration.

Now a resident of Brooklyn Heights, she is pursuing her lifelong dream of singing and performing in her native New York and elsewhere across the country. In her spare time, she tutors Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and works as a cantor. And in her other life, she is a professional baker. Check out It's a Cuppie to see the company she has founded!