Melissa Gerth

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Director/Radford University Ballet Youth
ruby@radford.edu

 

 

 

Melissa Gerth brings with her a wealth of experience in dance, theatre, and music. As an educator, Melissa served 6 years as adjunct professor of dance at Webster University. Additionally, she taught at Fontbonne University, Missouri Baptist University, Mahidol University in Thailand, and served as Associate Director of Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance in Connecticut for 10 years. Melissa taught vocal master classes for the Patravadi School in Hua Hin, Thailand and directed the choral program for the Ridgefield Academy. Melissa’s private voice students have gone on to perform both regionally and nationally in Broadway National Tours. As a choreographer, Melissa both starred in and choreographed for the world premiere of Bosnian/American: The Dance for Life for Mustard Seed Theatre Company in Saint Louis, MO. She choreographed and performed the role of Kathy in the Sondheim musical Company for Insight Theatre Company, Saint Louis, MO.  Melissa’s solo work, Tisarana, which debuted at the Saint Louis Fringe Festival, won the Critic’s Choice Award and was selected to represent Saint Louis in the Rome Fringe Festival in Italy. Melissa choreographed and starred in L’Histoire Du Soldat with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, String Theory with the Grammy Award nominated Beau Arts Trio, Ridgefield 300th Celebration, and the 5x5 Dance Festival in CT.  Additionally, she choreographed The Wiz for Wilton Children’s Theatre, choreographed and directed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the Ridgefield Academy, and Dancing at Lughnasa for Pound Ridge Theatre Company. As a performer, Melissa danced with James Robey Dance Company for 10 years, and was a founding member of Edgar Cortes Dance Theatre. Melissa toured throughout Missouri and Florida with Metro Theatre Company and Imaginary Theatre Company playing a variety of roles in multiple productions.  She starred in Mustard Seed Theatre’s world premiere of Human Terrain, written by Jennifer Blackmer. Additionally, she performed in several productions with Axial Theatre Company in NY, played the role of Silly Girl in Variety Children’s Theatre production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast under the direction of Tony Award-nominated Lara Teeter, and worked with Insight Theatre Company. Critics have called Melissa’s performances “emotionally powerful”, “vital and vibrant”, “compelling”, “nuanced”, and said Melissa is “graceful and athletic”, “one to watch”, “dynamite”, and “a pert young Katherine Hepburn.” She holds a BA in Voice, an MA in Theatre, 500-hour yoga teachers certificate from Kripalu, and is a member of Actor’s Equity.