"You can't be a better actor than
the person you are."
- David Mamet
Melissa Bruder studied acting with David Mamet and William H. Macy starting in 1983 and went on to become a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, alongside distinguished ensemble members including Felicity Huffman and Clark Gregg. She is co-author of A Practical Handbook for the Actor. She featured in numerous Atlantic Theater Company Mainstage productions, including David Mamet's adaptation of The Three Sisters and Howard Korder's Boys' Life at Lincoln Center Theater. She holds a BFA in Theater from New York University and is a graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory.
Melissa has lived in Sydney since 1998 teaching Practical Aesthetics and working as a performance and dialect coach, both privately on various film and television projects, including The Water Diviner (Feature), The Peter Allen Story/Not the Boy Next Door (ch.7), Secrets and Lies (US Version), The Code (ABC), Killer Elite (Feature), The Devil's Playground, CAMP! (NBC/Matchbox), House Husbands (ch. 9), The Straits (ABC/Matchbox), My Place (Series 1 & 2, ABC/Matchbox). Melissa has taught at NIDA, AFTRS (for the Grad Directing program in collaboration with BA Acting students) and Screenwise, as well as coaching on numerous Australian industry productions.