Melanie comes to Cornell from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was an assistant professor and Director of the MFA program in Performance Pedagogy. Directing credits include work with 59E59 St. Theaters, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, Quantum Theater, Capitol Repertory Theater, barebones productions and ShatterMask Theatre. Fluent in German, she translates and directs contemporary German plays. She is currently Co-Artistic Director for International Culture Lab based in NYC (www.intlculturelab.org), a company specializing in international collaboration. Melanie teaches acting, voice and movement, and directing.
“Introduction to Rasaboxes,” Colby College – Taught an introduction to the Rasaboxes acting technique for group of undergraduate acting students, October 2009.
Artistic Consultant, Colby College – Advised German language teacher, Cyrus Shahan, and his language students on how to present a German language production of Woyzeck, October 2009.
“Introduction to Rasaboxes,” University of Pittsburgh – Taught an introduction to the Rasaboxes acting technique for group of American and German acting students, September 2009.
“Mentoring and the Art of Directing,” Co-Chair of a panel on training young directors for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference 2009.
“Challenges and Benefits of Working in Collaboration with International Artists,” organized a panel of professionals who work with international artists for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference 2009.
“Risking Innovation in Directing Pedagogy: Exploring New Exercises in the Undergraduate Directing Classroom,” member of a panel introducing new exercises to conference participants for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference 2009.
“Teaching Actors to Teach Acting: Helping Professionals Transition into Academia,” Member of a panel on acting pedagogy for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education entitled “Spanning the Spectrum: Cutting-Edge Pedagogy in Theatre,” August 2006.
“Teaching Outside the Classroom,” An open discussion as a part of the Teaching Excellence Fair presented by the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education, University of Pittsburgh, November 2005.
“The Art of Translation,” Guest panelist for the Dramatist Guild with Tina Howe, October 2004.
Guest speaker on translation and contemporary German drama for “Eurotics – Contemporary European Drama,” New York University, September 2004.
“Translation or Transference?” The function of language in storytelling across cultures,” a performance workshop for the international theatre festival "Experimenta 6 Teatro" hosted by El Rayo Misterio, in Rosario, Argentina, December 2003.
“Issues in International Collaboration,” moderator of a panel examining issues encountered in the creation of the collaborative dance piece Noto by Japan’s Nibroll and America’s Attack Theatre. Part of the national conference “Towards a Modern Japanese Theatre Revisited” at the University of Pittsburgh, September 2003.
“German-Language Theater in English Translation: A Modest Presence in the US,” Panel discussion sponsored by the Goethe-Institute Chicago, May 2000.
“Gender in Performance,” Lecture on gender differences in public speaking for the Washington University Medical School, April 1997.
“Performance Techniques in the Classroom,” Brown Bag Lunch for the Teaching Center, Washington University, January 1997.
“Performance Techniques for Contemporary Non-Realism,” Jeffrey Jones Co-Presenter, Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Conference, New York City, August 1996.
“Performance Techniques for Contemporary Non-Realism,” Mac Wellman/Jeffrey Jones Co-Presenters, presented as a part of SHATTER THE MASK/STAGE THE DREAM – Association for Theatre in Higher Education Pre-Conference Symposium at Stoneybrook, New York, June 1996.