Education Director & Development Manager


Melissa received a B.A. in Theatre from SJSU, with emphases in acting, makeup design, and children’s theatre. A theatre educator since 2000, she manages SVS’ Education Program and has taught, directed, and developed theatre curriculum for numerous local schools, children’s museums, and organizations. She is also SVS’ resident Hair & Makeup Designer, and freelances as a makeup artist and designer, teaching workshops throughout the Bay Area. In her role as Development Manager, she brings 10+ years of copywriting experience, a history with SVS dating back to 2006, and a deep love of the well-told story. She is a passionate advocate of the benefits of arts engagement, with its ability to foster personal growth and build community and cultural awareness.