New to Los Angeles, Melissa cut her teeth in St. Louis. With a three year stint as a writer and actor on the Late Night Sketch comedy show STL Up Late, Melissa is a diverse writer with a passion for short and long form comedy. Most of her training in Improv has been through The Improv Shop in St. Louis, but she has sampled UCB, The Groundlings and The Pack Theater since relocating. She enjoys them all.
As a young girl, Melissa wrote plays that she performed for her parents. In high school she graduated to a Black Box Theater where she co-wrote and co-produced a feature length play. She went to school for Journalism, switched to Engineering and doubled back to Secondary Education. She taught Spanish for two years, Math for two and then Spanish again for a third. She has a Master's in Math, a Master's in Education and a Minor in Spanish. The one constant in her life has been comedy writing.
2018 / MAY
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Earned my Master's of Science in Pure Mathematics. Wrote my thesis around discovered formulas to find characteristics of specific polygons.
University of Missoui - Columbia
Earned my Master's of Science in Education: Learning, Teaching and Curriculum while teaching Spanish, French and German in a middle school in St. Louis.