Melissa is TLC’s Manager. She is part of the curriculum development team for the Arts Education Programmes and she is also the Assistant Producer for Educational Theatre Shows.
Melissa has a wide variety of experience in a multitude of creative roles for TV, Film and Theatre. She trained in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Diploma in Mass Communication, and is a graduate of the BA(Hons) Theatre + Performance course at LASALLE College of the Arts.
Melissa previously worked as a TV Producer and Manager for Children’s edutainment shows based in Singapore and Shanghai. She assisted in developing edutainment content created by Cartoonist Øistein Kristiansen, such as drawing and creativity books, television shows, online media engagement, art events, and enrichment curriculum. Her background in Media and Theatre grants her the understanding and practice of various artistic disciplines and creative learning through different platforms.
As a Theatre Artist, she received an acting training scholarship from ExxonMobil through SRT’s The Young Company, and a final-year scholarship from LASALLE College of the Arts.
Some highlights of her creative portfolio include Site-specific curatorial assistance in a multi-disciplinary arts show, “Fireball 2011 (Ecnad)” at The Substation, a physical theatre performance in Si Woof Woof (Katak Kudung) directed by an established local Artist Noor Effendy Ibrahim, choreography for Agamemnon (SRT Young Co) directed by Michael Cobidge from the Royal Shakespeare Company, choreography for 13:34Musical (CANA) in the Singapore Expo Hall for an audience of 6000, performance in a 35-woman ensemble in Dream Country – A Lost Monologue ( Singapore Arts Festival 2012 ), and Director for an Intercultural Theatre project based on text from Knives in Hens by Scottish Playwright David Harrower for her final year Thesis in 2012.
In June 2013, she was the Creative Director/Scriptwriter for a Humanitarian Concert “Dancing Rice”, a community theatre production that involved more than 100 children and youth performers from Cambodia and Singapore. This event was attended by international delegates and affiliates of Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS).
Melissa also teaches children at Mindchamps, and has facilitated drama and movement workshops for children and youth from at-risk communities. She believes in making performances and creative experiences which benefit the development of people. In September 2015, Melissa scripted/directed a play with video segments for 33 amateur actors based on real-life story interviews of residents in a neighbourhood community, and is currently creating a series of “Dancing Stories” workshops for a group of senior citizens on wheelchairs. At TLC, Melissa is a member of the Creative Team for Educational Theatre Shows and Curriculum Development for Programmes and Workshops.