Ms. DuPrey has performed in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and various reputable venues throughout Chicago such as Zanies, Riddles, Second City's UP Comedy Club, Mikey O Comedy Show, and The Abbey Pub. Ms. DuPrey has also been a regular guest on WGN's late-night radio show hosted by Comedian Patti Vasquez and a guest performer/panelist at the National Hispanic Leadership Summit.
After earning double Bachelor degrees from the University of Houston, she returned to Chicago to join the all-Latina theatre company, Teatro Luna. Her one-woman show, SEXomedy, was developed during their monthly series for women of color in the arts and received a Chicago Reader Recommendation, a Member's Pick, and had a successful debut Off-Broadway in New York. Her second solo show, SUSHI-frito, has also been critically acclaimed as part of MPAACT's Signature Series for solo artists. Her subsequent solo works SEXomedy 2.0 and Good Grief are currently in development. She was selected as a new talent for the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase in New York City. She has performed stand-up comedy in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. She is a featured actor in the Emmy-nominated web-series Brown Girls. Regional Theatre credits include: Tilikum (Sideshow Theater Company), The Compass (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Luna Gale (Goodman Theatre). Other theatre credits include American Beauty Shop (Chicago Dramatist), SUSHI-frito (Free Street Theatre), Adoration of the Old Woman (Urban Theatre Company), and A Citizen’s Anthology (Inconvenience Theatre), Forecast (ICAH/MCA), and PUTAS! (Teatro Luna). Film credits include: Two in the Bush (2017), The Way We Speak (2014), and Bromance(2014). TV credits include appearances on “Chicago PD” (NBC), and “The Chi” (Showtime). She is currently an Ensemble Member at UrbanTheater Company, and the Director of Production and Community Relations at Free Street Theater.
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 .
"DuPrey's clear-eyed comedy is as necessary as it is transgressive."- Chicago Reader
DuPrey’s critically-acclaimed solo work includes SEXomedy, SUSHI-frito, Good Grief, and SEXomedy 2.0: The Second Coming. Her full-length play Brujaja is currently in development. All of her work can be found on The New Play Exchange.
DuPrey has been a developing percussionist specializing in hand and barrel drums for the past 7 years. She is a member of the all-female bomba y plena group, Las BomPleneras, and Africaribe. She recently received an ALTA Award alongside Coco Elysses and Joyce Liza Rada Lindsey for “Outstanding Original Music in a Play” for Kristiana Rae Colón’s Tilikum
Melissa DuPrey is a high-energy motivational speaker and emcee who fuses comedy on socially conscious platform. She has emceed fundraisers, festivals, banquets, and rallies. She was most recently seen on the main stage for the Women’s March Chicago “March to the Polls” rally.
Melissa has self-produced all of her own work and has been commissioned to be the Artistic Curator and Producer of multiple showcases, full-length play productions, and new work festivals with Pegasus Theater, Free Street Theater, UrbanTheater Company, The Breathing Room, and Teatro Luna