Nilaja in No Child | Queen/Belarius in Cymbeline 

Melissa Maxwell

This marks Melissa’s third year at Great River Shakespeare Festival, having appeared as Queen Margaret in The Tragedy of Richard III, The Abbess in Comedy of Errors, Queen Elizabeth I and Nurse in Shakespeare in Love and the Countess of Rousillon and Marianna in All’s Well That Ends Well. Other stage credits include George Street Playhouse, The Public Theatre in Lewiston Maine, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pearl Theatre Company, Capital Rep, Helen Hayes Performing Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre. TV and film credits include: HOSTAGES, The Thomas Crown Affair, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Third Watch, Oz, Special Victims Unit, Never Again, Petty Crimes, 13 Conversations About One Thing, Jonny Zero, As The World Turns, All My Children. Melissa has directed at Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Soho Playhouse, The Pearl Theatre Company, The Kitchen Theatre, Off the WALL Theatre, Vital Theatre and various universities across the country.  Her plays include, Salt in a Wound, Unrequited Love and Fetus Envy. She is a Julie Harris Playwright Competition finalist, has received 5 Black Theater Alliance Award nominations, an Audelco Award nomination and a New Professional Theatre’s Our Words Award. Melissa is a motivational speaker and has presented two TEDx Talks. Taking Ownership: Melissa Maxwell at TEDxMosesBrownSchool and On Courage: Melissa Maxwell at TEDxBarnardCollegeWomen. She is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC and the Dramatists Guild.