Melissa is an active member of her community and is an advocate for the equity and inclusion of marginalized voices. "Our solidarity must be affirmed by shared belief in a spirit of intellectual openness that celebrates diversity, welcomes dissent, and rejoices in collective dedication to truth". -Bell Hooks.
Outside of performance, She is actively exploring how the action of theatre-making can be best applied to the process of creating art for social justice in communities. She believes theatre should be a space for self-identified and non self-identified artists to explore themes of violence, marginalization, oppression, sexuality, identity, and discrimination. Bottom line; art is political. If art cannot speak to current and recurring themes within society and its constructs, then we miss the opportunity to have a platform that exposes humanity for what is: an act of radical love. The responsibility of theatre practitioners is to also archive our histories so that we have full autonomy our own narratives to counteract erasure .