Melissa Phillips is a second year Masters Candidate in Educational Theatre with certification in Theatre and Secondary English Language Arts. Her work at NYU Steinhardt has involved diverse experiences ranging from Theatre Practices in San Juan, PR, to performing at the Snapple Theatre, to working with Rehabilitation Through the Arts under her advisor Nan Smithner. The network of teachers and artists gained in the department has also served as a springboard for outside opportunities, such as working with the Education Department at TADA! Youth Theatre.
Her love for the program in Educational Theatre rests in its inclusive nature. As an actress, singer and dancer, she is committed to exploring global theatre, with a particular interest in African Diasporic arts. After working in Miami, FL as an English teacher with Teach for America, she realized the potential for a true fusion of theatre arts and literacy. The ETED program offered a perfect coupling, providing essential pedagogical and artistic for this work. She returned to her native Brooklyn, NY fueled with a passion to pursue this unique opportunity afforded by NYU.
Off campus, Melissa is involved in a variety of things. In February of 2013, she won the title of Miss Metropolitan NY, a New York City title in the Miss America system. She was honored to represent her region at the Miss NY competition that summer. She also works at CUMBE: The Center for African and Diasporic Dance, in Brooklyn, NY, cultivating her understanding of storytelling, dance and song.