Melissa Firlit has been nominated and won various awards and accolades around the country for her work on the regional level. She recently directed the Ireland National Tour of Misterman by Enda Walsh, which was developed at Thingamajig Theatre Company in 2014. Prior, she was at Creede Repertory Theatre directing the world premiere of Albert Porter: Boy Explorer which toured the Southwest region of the United States and reached over 24,000 people. As part of her personal commitment to new work and collaboration with playwrights, Melissa dedicates a lot of her time to plays in various stages of development. In 2015 she started a playwright’s festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado so that she could give a playwright the opportunity to work on their play in a rehearsal room setting.
New Work Credits: The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 (Best Medicine Rep), I’m Just Fine (solocomNYC), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Planet Connections, UnitedSolo, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD ( Chicago Fringe Festival), Annabel Lee (Apothecary Theatre Co), Someone to Buy It (EST’s Youngblood), A Nasty Tempered Man (Theatre for the New City), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), Third Ward Scandal (Project Y), The Squizzinator (Project Y) and many FringeNYC shows.
Favorite Credits: Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), Aida, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Pillowman, The Secret Garden, Red, A Picasso (Thingamajig), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Princeton Festival), Stop Kiss (Wagner College), Under Construction, Machinal, boom, Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine (Rutgers Theater Company).
To provide up and coming thespians with the same encouragement and passion she thrives on, Melissa teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose and does workshops at colleges around the country. Melissa’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BA in theater with a minor in music from The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute. She is an associate member SDC. Check out Melissa’s website at www.melissafirlit.com.
Craig MacArthur Dolezel is an actor and professor of voice and speech. He recently completed a tour in Ireland of Misterman by Enda Walsh. As an instructor of voice he has been a contributing faculty member at Rutgers University and AMDA. He has also taught at the NYU Atlantic Acting School and HB Studio. He is currently the head of speech in the HB Studio CORE Acting Conservatory. He works as a mentor to other teachers in the field and contributes regularly to international workshops and conferences. Craig received his BA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Acting from Rutgers University. He feels that voice and speech are experiential skillets which are creative, fun and accessible to everyone.