Portfolio Section 5: College

The College Years

Melanie attended at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she continued to study music and majored in theatre.

At Converse, she performed, stage managed, designed, directed and was a playwright. Melanie attended the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference, was honored with membership to Alpha Psi Omega, and spent a term in the U.K., and one in Germany.

Between her junior and senior years, she was privileged to attend the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival as an acting apprentice.


Melanie was cast in Theatre Converse Productions. Pictured here are Bodey from A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Jane from Quilters, Hannah Mae from A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Aunt Lavinia Penniman from The Heiress, and Babe from Crimes of the Heart, a performance that earned Melanie an Irene Ryan Award Nomination.

Director, Designer, Writer

Melanie also directed, designed and developed her script craft while at Converse. Pictured are Quilters, a show that earned Melanie a Barbizon Award Nomination for Costume Design. The Midlife Crisis of Dionysus where Melanie was director and costume designer. Sister of Mine where Melanie was director, costume designer, and playwright. And Naomi in the Living Room where Melanie was costume designer.

BA - Theatre

Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Converse College.


Between her junior and senior years in college, Melanie was accepted as an acting apprentice at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

While at Williamstown, Melanie took acting classes and workshops from award-winning directors and performers including Darko Tresnjak, Roger Rees, and Lewis Black.

Apprentices also served on crews for productions and had the opportunity to perform in various presentations.

Melanie was a production assistant for rehearsals and performances of Stevie Wants to Play the Blues. 


Pictured are Melanie with James Sampliner, Charlie Alterman and Catie Baumer Schwalb after a performance of the Williamstown Cabaret. 

Melanie and Jason Jeffries, perform a scene from The Way of the World. 

From Stevie Wants to Play the Blues, the cast: (standing) Yvette L. Cason, Terumi Matthews, Thom Christopher, Charles Davis, John Ore and (sitting) Jeremy Blynn, Robert LuPone, and Christy Baron. 

Followed by the show's director, Jim Simpson and writer, Eduardo Machado.

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