Melissa Hurt

Theater Faculty

Melissa Hurt, (BA George Mason University, MFA Virginia Commonwealth University, PhD University of Oregon) is excited to teach with the theater faculty at George Mason University, where she received her BA in theater. Melissa holds an MFA in theatre pedagogy with a concentration in directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD in theatre with a focus on acting theory from the University of Oregon. Melissa has worked as an actor, director, dramaturg, producer, college professor, voice and speech trainer, and makeup artist in Washington DC; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Dodge City, KS; Eugene, OR, Fredericksburg, VA and Sydney, Australia. Melissa is a certified trainer in Arthur Lessac’s voice, speech and movement work and was the last trainer personally certified by Mr. Lessac before his passing. Melissa has taught Lessac workshops at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals in Regions I and II, at the University of Mary Washington, at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, and for The Actor’s Center in Washington DC. She was a guest teacher of the Lessac work at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney (Australia’s premier acting conservatory) in Summer 2011. She also teaches the Lessac work with Adult Continuing Education in Fairfax County. The Lessac Institute has named Melissa as one of five trainers that is “the future” of the Lessac work. Melissa has a freelance career as a public speaking coach, Lessac trainer and a certified yoga teacher.

Course List:

THR 300 001 - Voice and Speech

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Revision Date: 08/25/2014

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