Melissa D Brown | Co-Artistic Director
Melissa is a teacher, writer, performer, director, storyteller, and collaborator. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives Brooklyn.
She is Co-Artistic Director and Resident Playwright for ARTBARN, for which she has written all four of the company’s productions. She is also a teaching artist for BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) where she runs the summer Shakespeare program, an instructor for The Moth where she teaches storytelling for the community, education, and corporate programs, Program Coordinator of after-school programs and teaching artist for The Shakespeare Society and faculty at CUNY, where she teaches Communications.
As a performer, some favorite roles include Hermione/ Mopsa in The Winter’s Tale, (The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ACA), Rosalind in As You Like It (Idaho Repertory Theatre) Laura in The Glass Menagerie (THEATREWORKS), Sister James in Doubt (Seattle Repertory Theatre) as well as several original plays in NYC at Playwright’s Horizons, The Brick, Center for Performance Research and PS 122. Films include: We Could Be Your Parents (Woodstock Film Festival 2013, WIFF Best Narrative Short 2013), Deadbeat (Craft Award for Acting 2013), The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (Sundance/ SXSW 2009). Her storytelling for The Moth can be viewed on her website. She has her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University as well as degrees from Western Washington University and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
As a writer, pieces include ARTBARN projects: Home Stretch, This is a Ghost House, The Circle, and We Remain Prepared. Other plays include: The Parrot, The Bindary, EvE (her one-woman show), past collaborations with Jess K. Smith: deCOMPOSITION, and The Spectacular Demise of Platonov.