Disappearance of Melissa????


Bonjour one and all!

I am alive! I have just been extremely busy/uninspired/overwhelmed/creatively empowered this month. So much has been happening in April that I haven’t been able to focus on a theme for the month, much less take a deep breath!  Between rehearsals, performances, a quick trip home, to dog sitting, living in Queens for a week, taking tons of behind the scenes photos, to seeing amazing shows, supporting friends, planning brunch reunions, teaching in jail, and catching up on sleep, I have not been able to put all of my adventures down in the blogosphere!

So, since the month is almost up, don’t expect too many posts in the near future. I have to double down and figure out my time management skills more efficiently to bring you awesome content.

Don’t fret the New York Dreamer is still dreaming and is, in fact, involved in tons of amazing adventures. Recaps, catchups, photo galleries, dance videos and more will come, just not now!

Thanks for hanging in and check out my older posts and Instagram page to keep up with me until then.

Ciao 🙂


Weekend Shenanigans


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A lot of fun and exciting things have taken place since November started. I went to the Columbia vs. Harvard football game this past Saturday (riveting football it was not) and was able to see what a New York City Ivy League football game was all about. (Tailgating: nope, Great Bleacher Activity: nada, Fantastic Band Selections: sadly no, awesome Columbia duds bought at the bookstore: you bet). To be honest, Cynthia and I knew going in that the game would leave much to be desired, but at least we can mark it off our list of things we’ve done (heck NYU doesn’t even have a football team so they’ve one-upped us in that regard anyway).

In addition to my Lion-pride at the football field, I went out and supported my Ivanov friends in the CUGA class of 2015’s French Existentialist performances. Seeing Amber, Crystal and finally Marcel on stage was a real treat, and of course dinner and drinks occurred afterward thanks to the mini reunion the performances allowed (saw Chris, Jason, Vincent, Shiva, Tauriq, Kevin, AJ, and Anouk) which brought with it the conversation of remounting the show and possibly taking it abroad??? (hmmmmm).

Oh yeah! In case you haven’t noticed I got a HAIRCUT!!! Tim, at Arrojo Studios, really hooked me up with a short bob that I love!!!! It also gives me the perfect excuse to invest in a new flatiron to get the sleek look he gave me in the salon. For once I’m going to upkeep my cut and let it hang around for awhile 🙂

Well I believe that’s all I have to say right now…phew.

Oh wait, I’m reading the new Duke Ellington biography right now, so look out for some quotes from it on my Wordy Wednesday post up tomorrow!

Now I’m done.


Production Week: In Photos


Ivanov has come to a close, but luckily I was able to take a few snapshots during Tech rehearsal and before each performance, which are included below. Ahhh, the actor’s life for me. Have a good one!

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About Last Night


Man, oh man, am i pooped this morning! Last night was tech rehearsal for the upcoming production of Ivanov, and as with most techs I really got to learn more about my cast members and laugh until morning (almost literally). Be on the lookout for a video from last night later today but to whet your appetites until then: a few photos.

Happy Tuesday 🙂

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PS: wanna know why everything is red? Make your reservation at ivanovatcolumbia@gmail.com

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Wordy Wednesday


As you know, I am currently in rehearsals for a production of Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov,” and I got to tell you that not only am I growing and continuing to hone my “craft” (lol) but the group of people I get to go on this journey with are spot on and I’m learning by just watching them take the stage and give it all they got.

The production goes up a week from Thursday, with our invited dress, and I am not afraid to say that this is going to be some of my best character work to date. So if you’re in the New York area during Halloween and want to see a few chats in the garden and the strangest dinner party this side of Alice’s rabbit hole, head uptown to Columbia October 25-27th at 8pm in the Schapiro Studio at 122nd street and Broadway. Facebook event page info will be posted here as soon as it’s launched.

Having said all of that I’ve decided to bring back Wordy Wednesday with some great quotes from “The War of Art..” by Steven Pressfield.

Ciao 🙂

“The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.”

“Self-doubt can be an ally…If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ chances are you are.”