A little bit about Mel,
I'm from Brantford, Ontario which is mostly known for Wayne Gretzky and Alexander Graham Bell. Not bad company. I’ve enjoyed performing all over and have a BFA in Theatre Performance, York University. I’ve created some cool characters in Canadian theatre while working alongside some of the best directors and playwrights around. While working on traditional plays I also monkey around in the improv and comedy worlds. Improv great Colin Mochrie hired me for The Toronto Second City Touring Company and that’s how I got to writing, mostly on my feet. After my time as a mainstage actor I began directing the touring company and mainstage revues, and then lending a hand ‘comedyturging’ south of the border for Second City Chicago’s #DateMe show which is making its’ off Broadway debut this summer.
As an actor, comedian and storyteller, (don’t tell anyone but they’re almost all the same thing), I honed material for my latest show, Person of Interest at comedy clubs in Toronto and Halifax, and I'm pretty honoured that other actors are now performing my play Miss Caledonia which I still tour on occasion.
I teach and offer workshops when on tour. I’ve taught at my comedy alma mater the Toronto Second City, the renowned Humber College School of Comedy, and also the Randolph School for the Performing Arts.
As I say in Person of Interest, I live in Toronto’s west end with Allen, Dashiell and Luna, who is some a kind of angel in a rescue dog suit.
If you're interested in updates, and show info please contact Kevin at www.foxent.ca 416- 553-2516, and Chris Oldfield c/o Oldfield, 26 Soho Street, Suite 320, Toronto, CANADA
I’ve just finished voicing a really great character for a new show on Nelvana due out this fall. I can’t tell you much about it til the official launch, but look out for some furry pets going to space! To listen to my voice demo head over to the Acting section.
Voice contact is Noelle Jenkinson at AMI,
464 King Street West Toronto, CANADA
Awards & Accolades
2016 One Night Only – Improvised musical, directed by Melody Johnson, NOW Audience Choice Award Dora
2014 Ontario Contact Touring Artist of the Year (Miss Caledonia)
2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for best New Play, and also Outstanding actress, Miss Caledonia
2010 Canadian Comedy Award - Best Sketch Show (Director - 0% Down 100% Screwed, Secondy City)
2010 Betty Mitchell Award Nomination - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy (7 Stories, theatre Calgary/Canstage)
2009 Merritt Award Nomination - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Our Town, Two Planks and a Passion)
2007 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination – Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role, Musical (I Think I Can YPT/National Arts Centre)
2005 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination – Best Leading Actress (Trout Stanley, Factory Theatre)
2003 Dora Mavor Moore Award – Best Leading Actress, Musical (Little Mercy’s First Murder, Tarragon/Shaw Festival)
2003 Canadian Comedy Award Nomination – Best Sketch Troupe (An Awkward Evening With Martin & Johnson, Tarragon Extra Space)
2000 Canadian Comedy Award Nomination – Best Comedy Actor (Nude Beachwear 100% Off, Toronto Second City
1999 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination – Best Supporting Actress (It’s All True, Tarragon Theatre)
1997 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination – Best actress in a comedy or musical, Second City’s Last Tango on Lombard
1990 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination – Best Leading Actress (The Europeans, Necessary Angel Theatre)