Melissa, she/her, is represented by Stars the Agency in both LA and the Bay Area. She can be seen in national commercials and in the award-winning feature film, East Side Sushi, written and directed by Anthony Lucero. Other memorable credits include playing "Jo" opposite the hilarious Joel Dauten in the feature film Remember Me starring EGOT winner, Rita Moreno, as well as onstage at American Conservatory Theatre in Monstress - the first time ever playing characters that were her actual ethnicity.
Most meaningful was her role as "Chiz", the loving yet wild middle sister, in Sisters Matsumoto by Philip Kan Gotanda at Center Rep alongside her colleagues-slash-AAPI family, directed by Mina Morita; In response to the rising violence against Asians and Asian Americans, the original 2017 cast/director/stage manager organized and revived the beloved play about the aftermath of Japanese Internment as a virtual staged reading to raise funds for Asian Americans Advancing Justice/Asian Law Caucus.
Melissa is a Meisner trained actor, who studied & mentored with Christy English - one of Meisner's originals! With extensive commitment and performance experience at the Saint Louis Black Rep and the Red Ladder Theatre Company, she toured across the nation, bringing rich storytelling and improvisation to hundreds of underserved communities. Melissa is honored to play a variety of diverse American characters while putting her unique, genuine, energetic, and emotionally deep stamp in the artistic world as a Filipina American.
A proud member of MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute of Silicon Valley), FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society of Silicon Valley), as well as President of Pinay Aspirations, supporting high school graduates with mentorship & scholarships, Melissa is committed to exploring & honoring her ancestors' legacy through film, storytelling, and engagement. When she's not acting, you can find her hiking in the redwood forests, meditating, practicing and teaching yoga, mentoring fellow artists, wine tasting, or eating nachos and laughing with her family & BFFs. Melissa is currently living & WFH on the occupied territories of the Muwekma, Ohlone, and Tamien Nation tribes. With gratitude, we honor the land itself and the Native peoples who have stewarded it throughout the generations.
I love all types of acting: film, television, commercials, + stage! I am also available for hosting + voice over acting..
Keep scrolling to see my resumé & reel for the details of my experience and skills or contact my agent at the button below for booking info.
COMING SOON: Melissa as "Trinidad" in Side Effects, written by Star Finch, directed by Sean San Jose. Originally written for the stage and transformed to a multi-dimensional and experimental film set to accomodate for Covid safety, this story explores gentrification in regards to housing, prejudice, and the cannabis industry.
RECENT NEWS: Melissa as "Mom" in For Them, written and directed by Eli Frances was nominated for the 2021 San Francisco Short Film Festival!
Here are just a small handful of commercials I've done. Stay tuned for my VO reel!
Just one minute of some film stuff...more to come!
I've had success in the ever-changing acting industry for almost 20 years and just L.O.V.E. working with creatives who want to up-level their acting technique, own their confidence, and explore their creativity to BOOK.THOSE.GIGS!
Examples of what I can help with:
...and so much more!
Our sessions are currently on Zoom, which is not only safe, but an ideal way to work with on-camera technique because - let's face it, self-tapes aren't going away.
Please use the MESSAGE ME form below for availability + pricing, and let me know how I can best support you!
As both a student and instructor, I aim to empower others to live the life they imagine through a deeply rooted yogic philosophy, combining the physical practice with spiritual intention. Contact me below for public, private, or corporate instruction in Vinyasa Flow, Power, Sculpt, or Restorative Yoga, as well as Mindfulness and Meditation.
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