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Melissa Mahoney is an actor, singer, and teaching artist based in New York City.  She trained at the Atlantic Acting School through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  She is also a founding member of The Joust Theatre Company, where she currently acts, directs, and produces, as well as a season company member of Shakespeare in the Square.

Melissa loves to take on roles that are both physically and vocally demanding; particularly in Shakespeare, new musicals, and theater for young audiences.  She has played title roles in three critically acclaimed productions at the Atlantic Theater Company ("with spunk to spare", says The New York Times), as well as at Hudson Valley Shakespeare FestivalArs Nova, and in theaters across the country.  She is also a solo performer (Melissa Mahoney is a Robot) and a voice actor (It Makes a Sound).  From broad comedy to gritty drama, she commits to her work fully and fearlessly.

Melissa works as a teaching artist at the Atlantic Acting School and throughout New York City for kids as young as 4 and adults as old as 18.  In her spare time, she enjoys hitting the gym, overanalyzing Stanley Kubrick films, playing video games on her Nintendo 3DS, and expanding her musical horizons.