Melissa Schott

Director

Melissa Schott was most recently seen on stage in the Classic FM Pops Concert, performing with The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Other performances with The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra include Anything Goes In Concert, with Rachel York, Gary Beach, Judy Kaye and Max von Essen; Hairspray In Concert, with John Waters, Micky Dolenz and Beth Leavel; and Yuletide Celebration with Sandi Patty, Ben Crawford and Angela Brown. Nationally, she was a member of the Original Company of Cirque du Soleil's production of Banana Shpeel, choreographed by Jared Grimes and directed by David Shiner, in which she performed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, The Chicago Theatre in Chicago and The Canon Theatre in Toronto. A highlight of this experience was a performance on America's Got Talent! She also performed in the National Production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, under the direction of Tony Award Winning Director, Walter Bobbie, and three-time Tony Award Nominated Choreographer, Randy Skinner. Locally, she has been seen performing with American Cabaret Theatre (ACT), Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Actors Theatre of Indiana, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Footlite Musicals. Her performance as Peggy Sawyer in Footlite’s 42nd Street earned her an Encore Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She was selected to play Violet Beauregarde and Mrs. Gloop in Broadway Jr.’s recording of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. Other productions through MTI’s Broadway Jr. and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Theatricals include The Pirates Of Penzance (Ruth), Into The Woods (The Witch), Cinderella (Portia) and Once Upon A Mattress (Queen Aggravain). Melissa was also a featured soloist for Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Publishing company credits include Warner Publishing, CP Belwin and Hal Leonard Productions, and jingle credits include Indiana Lasik Center, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Meijer and Macy’s Department Stores. As a Director of Dance Connection in Indianapolis, she enjoys training the performers of tomorrow in the latest trends and performance styles, while always trusting fundamentals as her guide. She approaches her style from a musical background, teaching her students the importance of listening to the music, listening to each other and listening to their own feet. Her students have received numerous regional, national and scholarship award recognitions. She was recently invited to the faculty of Tap the Map, founded by Anthony Russo, which focuses on bringing professional tap dancers into local dance schools nationwide. She is also the choreographer for Music K-8 Magazine, a national subscription for music teachers, which brings movement into the classroom as a supplement to a child's music education. Choreography credits include work for ACT, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Wayne Township Community Theatre and Footlite Musicals. Melissa has studied with professionals such as Bril Barrett, Debbie Dee, Gus Giordano, Dena Rizzo, Juan Sanchez, New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht and Nick Drago (Bravo’s Step It Up And Dance). Melissa is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.