Melissa Madden Gray

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BIO
CV
PHOTO & VIDEOS
VOICE

MUSICAL THEATRE

CAMELOT
Role: Morgan Le Fay Dir: George Ogilvie / The Production Company 2006
SHANGHAI SONG PALACE
Role: Soloist Dir: Iain Grandage / Adelaide Festival 2006
DENNIS CLEVELAND
Role: The Angel Dir: Mikel Rouse / Lincoln Centre Perth Festival 2001-2002
MOON SPRING FEASTING
Role: Demon Queen Dir: Michael Kantor / Adelaide Fest, Melbourne Fest, Berlin Habbel Theatre, Zurich Theatre Spektakel, Saitama Tokyo 2000-2002
JOHN CAGE SONGBOOKS
Holland Festival
AND THE SNAKE SHEDS ITS SKIN
Role: Ishtar Dir: David Freeman / Opera Factory, London & UK Tours 2001
BABYSITTING CASPAR
Alte National Galerie, Berlin 2001

OPERA

BARBER OF SEVILLE
Dir: John Milson / Opera Australia 2007

CABARET

MEOW MEOW
LATE NIGHT LOUNGE
Sydney Opera House 2009
BEYOND GLAMOUR
Spigeltent New York, Brighton, Auckland, Melbourne, Dublin
THE ABSINTH TOUR NYC
High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie
INSERT THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU LOVE
Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Beethoven Festival, Germany
Bar Leder Vernuft Berlin
VAMP
Malthouse Theatre
BEYOND GLAMOUR
Sydney Opera House, The Studio

FILM

THE HONOURABLE WALLY NORMAN
Role: Rebecca Jane Thompson Dir: Ted Emery / Wally Productions
RISK
Role: Colleen Dir: Alan White / Beneficiary Films

THEATRE

VENUS & ADONIS
Role: Performer Dir: Marion Potts / Bell Shakespeare, Malthouse, STC, Auckland
15 SONGS / 15 SCENES
Role: Performer Keep Breathing
TOMFOOLERY
Role: Woman Dir: Simon Phillips / MTC
WHEN I TAKE OFF MY SKIN
Role: Soloist Dir: Robyn Orlin / Theatre De La Ville & Madrid Dance Fest
MASTERCLASS
Role: Sophie De Palma Dir: Rodney Fisher / ICA
DESIGN FOR LIVING
Role: Helen Carver Dir: Rodney Fisher / MTC
CHANGE IN A VOID MOON
La Mama Theatre NYC
MY HEAD WAS A SLEDGEHAMMER
Role: Female Student Dir: Max Lyandvert / Kitchen Sink & Belvoir St Theatre
DESIGN FOR LIVING
Role: Helen Carver Dir: Rodney Fisher / MTC
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
Role: Hedy La Rue Dir: Kris Stewart / The Production Company
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
State Theatre Victoria
BRECHT’S WOMEN
Black Swan Theatre / Festival of Perth

TELEVISION

THE DIVORCE
Role: Ellen. Dir: Dean Murphy, The Divorce Productions Pty Ltd 2015
LOWDOWN

Role: Rehab Receptionist BMZ TV 2010
THE SIDESHOW
Role: Meow Meow Dir: Ted Robinson / GNW TV
THE BIG BITE
Role: Various Characters Dir: Various / Seven Network
MURDER CALL
Role: Rowena Brewster Prod: Hal McElroy, Nine Network

From mainstage theatre and film to contemporary opera, “kamikaze cabaret” and solo multimedia performance, Melissa has performed at venues as diverse as Berlin’s Philharmonic, the Hebbel Theater Berlin, Paris Theatre de la Ville, New York Lincoln Centre, Joe’s Pub, La Mama NY, Sydney Opera House, The Glamour Room Shanghai, the Famous Spiegeltent, Zurich Theater Spektakel, Tokyo Saitama, and numerous international arts festivals. She has premiered various music and dance-theatre pieces worldwide, and worked with Opera Factory and David Freeman (London), Robyn Orlin Dance Theatre (Berlin/Johannesburg/Paris), Liza Lim, Elision Contemporary Music Ensemble (Australia/Europe), Michael Kantor, Rodney Fisher, Max Lyandvert, David Pledger, David Chesworth, Simon Phillips, Marion Potts and Andree Greenwell, (Australia), and The John Cage Trust, John Jesurun, and Mikel Rouse (NYC). Since 2008 she has been guest artist with Pina Bausch Tanztheater (Wuppertal).

Major performances include the Berlin, Moscow and Wuppertal seasons of  Pina Bausch’s Brecht/Weill “Sieben Todsünden/Seven deadly Sins/Fürchtet Euch Nicht” (Opernhaus Wuppertal, Checkov Festival Moscow, Haus der Berliner Festspiele Berlin), and a two-woman music-theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Venus and Adonis” for Bell Shakespeare Company, Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company (Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland Festival) ( dir Marion Potts).

Major new work includes with the Olivier award-winning Robyn Orlin Dance Theatre: “When I take off my skin…” (Paris Theatre de la Ville, Europe Tour/ Market Theatre S.Africa) and “Babysitting Caspar” (Alte National Galerie, Berlin), Mikel Rouse’s  original talk-show opera ‘Dennis Cleveland’ (New York Lincoln Centre), Jesurun’s cult ‘avant soap serial’ “ Chang in a Void Moon” series (New York La Mama) and Liza Lim’s Chinese ritual opera “Moon Spirit Feasting/Yue Ling Jie” (Australia, Europe, Japan Festival). Other theatre includes: Design for Living (Melbourne Theatre Company), the Australian tour of Terence McNally’s “Masterclass”  (Sophie da Palma, dir Rodney Fisher), the Production Company’s “Camelot” (Morgan le Fay), “Hello Dolly!” (Minnie Faye) and “How to succeed in Business” (Hedy la Rue) at the State Theatre, Melbourne. MTC’s production of the Tom Lehrer/Cameron Mackintosh  “Tomfoolery”, (dir Simon Phillips,), David Chesworth’s opera “Cosmonaut” (dir David Pledger for Melbourne International Arts Festival), the Australian premiere of Richard Foreman’s “My Head was a Sledgehammer” (Kitchen Sink/B# at Belvoir), and the world premiere of Max Lyandvert’s “Close Your Little Eyes” with string quartet Fourplay and the Sydney Children’s Choir for the Sydney Festival. Other credits include the entire first season of the “Big Bite” sketch comedy TV series for Network Seven, the feature films “The Honourable Wally Norman” (dir Ted Emery) and “Risk” (dir Alan White).

The graduate composers of Princeton University have written six “Not Opera’s” for Melissa’s voice, and she’s recorded for Wolfgang Schmidtke and Cologne’s WDR 3, and performed two seasons of the dance theatre piece “Tango Westfalica” – with Bernd Uwe Marszan (Pina Bausch) in Wuppertal, Germany. She has sung and danced tango with Paco Liana at the Berlin Philharmonic, and made solo multimedia works for the U.S Time Based Arts Festival, the Holland Festival, Melbourne Museum and the Adelaide Festival (including “My Mouth is a wonder/ Mein Mund ist eine offene Wunde(r)”, “Sing Song Girl at the Ends of the Earth”, and “Shanghai Song Palace” (with composer Iain Grandage)). She has given masterclasses on extended vocal technique and performance for David Moss’s Institute of Living Voice (Berlin/Belgium/Melbourne International Arts Festival), and her solo voice work features on the recently released UK “Sonic Arts” label experimental music compilation cd: “Blood, Muscle & Air: The intimate voice”. She features in Mikel Rouse’s multimedia work “Music for Minorities”, and on various of his albums, and his new work "The Demo"  (Stanford) and recorded in NY as the voice of Vocoder for the world premiere of The John Cage Trust’s “An Alphabet” (featuring Merce Cunningham).

Melissa holds an Honours degree in Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne (B.A(Hons)/LLB (Hons), (and the Freie University Berlin) with first class honours in German and Fine Arts, and is also a graduate of  the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts W.A.A.P.A (music theatre). She was soloist with the Young Dancer’s Theatre Vic for six years (dir Laurel Martyn), and has choreographed for Michael Kantor and Company B Belvoir (Ubu, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Ham Funeral), and Performing Lines ( Ur/Faust, dir Benedict Andrews (Adelaide, Weimar, Munich) She has received the Bruce Munro Scholarship at Trinity College, two DAAD fellowships for theatre in Berlin, The Australia Council Paris Residency, an Asialink residency to create a work with China’s most controversial dancer, and first acknowledged transsexual Jin Xing. She is the recipient of the New York Franklin Furnace Performance Art award (2005), Green Room Awards, Helpmann awards and the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship 2014/15. She most recently performed in Germany with orchestra in a programme of Brecht /Weill for the forty years festival of the Pina Bausch company.
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