Melina has been a member of SOSE since 2009, where she first produced & played the title role
in the SOSE-Host production of Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel, for which she was nominated for
an LA Weekly Best Actress Award.
A proud member of the greater Los Angeles theatre community for over twenty years,
Her most rewarding film work has been with Bill Viola in two of his museum installations: Ocean
Without a Shore (Venice Biennale) & Going Forth by Day (Guggenheim Museums in
Berlin/NYC). Television includes CSI, The Forgotten & re-enactments for the History Channel.
Film, the Indie horror film Cellar Door, the short 100% Half, and a PSA for Domestic Violence
with D.P. Amy Vincent.
A graduate of the University of MN-Minneapolis, Melina is also a Movement teacher for ages
3-18, as well as professional, college, and conservatory curriculums. Melina has been on the
faculty of the Colburn School of Music, the Stella Adler Academy-Los Angeles, and has led
workshops or been a guest teacher at USC, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Northridge, Cal State LA,
Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco, Bay Area), Oklahoma Arts Institute, College of
the Canyons, Art Institute of CA, Baltimore School for the Arts, Actor’s Gang, and on Skid Row,
A writer as well, her work has been read at Skylight Books, Beyond Baroque, Track 16, Improv
Olympic, and published in an anthology through Writers at Work and Nancy Agabian.