Melissa Taylor (Actor, Playwright, Co-Artistic Director)
Melissa Taylor was born and raised in Victoria, BC. An active member of the Victoria theatre community as a playwright, actor and director, her own works have been produced by the Student Alternative Theatre Company at UVic (Bereavement, 2011), at Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede (The Oldest Trick in the Book, 2015), and by Jarvolution Theatre (Macrame, 2016). Her original one-act play Treena, Age 21 was presented at Intrepid Theatre for a one-night run. The Oldest Trick in the Book went on to be produced by the Short Short Play Festival in Toronto (2016). She recently completed her MFA in Playwriting at the University of Victoria, under the supervision of Kevin Kerr. Her thesis project is the subject of the New Play contest submission: it is a modernized version of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, to be performed as a one-woman show.
Currently based in Toronto, she has worked as an actor and a playwright with various professional and independent theatres, such as Hart House Theatre, New Market National Play Festival, Driftwood Theatre, and the False Claims Collective.
An avid history lover, she has performed as a historical interpreter at Black Creek Pioneer Village in a variety of self-written roles, as well the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as Queen Victoria.