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Melissa Strauss


GENDER: Female
AGE RANGE: 35-45
ETHNICITY: White
HAIR COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5 ft 3 in
UNIONS: AEA, SAG-AFTRA
CHARACTER RANGE: Mature
CHARACTER TYPE: Lead, Character
VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo, Alto, Belter
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock
SIGHT SINGING SKILLS: Moderate
CREDITS:

Los Angeles Theater (partial list)

Parade                               Sally Slaton                Hillcrest Center for the Arts

Spring Awakening         Adult Female              Noho Arts Center

 

Pinkalicious: The Musical

Mrs. Pinkerton El Portal Theatre/ Kelrik Prods | Dir: E. Austin
Pope! An Epic Musical Sister Mary Prudence/Swing Theatre Unleashed | Dir: Greg Crafts
9 to 5: The Musical Missy Hart Rep East Playhouse | Dir: Leslie Berra
Rent Joanne Actors’ Co Theater | Dir: Marcus Daniel
It’s A Wonderful Life Miss Andrews/ Soloist Glendale Centre Theatre | Dir. D. Miranda
It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play Jingle Singer/Various Theatre Unleashed | Dir: Erin Scott
Closer Than Ever Woman 2 Actors’ Workout Studio | Dir: J. Airen
Follies Young Phyllis Westchester Playhouse/ Kentwood Players
Scrooge: The Musical Ethel Cratchit Big Oak Theatre (2 seasons)
The Buddy Holly Story Mary Lou Sokoloff Theatre Palisades
Assassins Sarah Jane Moore Theatre Palisades & Westchester Playhouse
The Full Monty Joanie Lish Morgan-Wixson | Dir: Anne Gesling
I Love You, You’re Perfect… Woman One Secret Rose Theatre (Showcase)
Little Mary Sunshine Henrietta W. Valley Playhouse | Dir: J. Berry/N. Britton
Guys & Dolls Hot Box Girl W. Valley Playhouse | Dir: J. Berry/N. Britton
ANMT’s Internet Short Musicals Pregnant woman/Voiceover ANMT | Dir: Noel Britton
ANMT’s Perpetual Surrey Choir Roles include: Mimi (Rent), Hattie (Kiss Me Kate) Concerts at Colony, Met, & Whitefire TheatresDir: Jake Anthony (5 seasons)

Cabaret (NYC & LA)

The Greatest Journey Headliner Dir: Michael Sterling | Music Dir: Steven Applegate | Sterling’s Upstairs (LA)
Magic of the Movies Headliner(w/ guest Florence Henderson) Dir: Kevin Scott Hall | Music Dir: S. Cirillo Don’t Tell Mama (NYC)
LA’s Next Great Stage Star Singer/Contestant Dir: Michael Sterling | Sterling’s Upstairs
Music Of Jason Robert Brown Soloist Lyric Theatre | Dir: Dan Callaway
Melissa & Scott Cabaret Duo  Musical Comedy Act Venues: DGA, Gardenia, MBar, Miceli’s, McCallum (Palm Springs), Noho Arts Ctr. etc.

 

 



NMI/ARC CREDITS:

Musical Internet Shorts

4x10 Theater Co

5 seasons of Perpetual Surrey Chorale

Performers Workshop

Various Readings

Open Workshop

People of Silence, People of Sound Deaf West/ANMT Wkshop

 

TRAINING:

Musical Theatre: Betty Buckley Master Class, Joshua Finkel, Seth Riggs, Bob Garrett, Dan Callaway,Singing: Jake Anthony (ANMT), Debra Byrd (American Idol Coach), Lis Lewis, Gerald White (Sight Singing)

Lisa Matsko Hamilton (PSA), Michael Donovan

Cabaret Workshops: Adriana McPhee, Karen Morrow

Recording: Joshua Finkel-ANMT, Bristol Studios (Boston)

Acting: Daniel Henning, Blank Theatre

Education: UMass, Amherst, BA, Communications


SPECIAL SKILLS:

Accents: New York, Boston, Southern, British. Singing styles: Broadway, Pop, Country.


AVAILABILITY:

Schedule pretty open - weekdays & weekends right now.


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