Melissa Golden is an actor, director, and stage manager from Chicago. Her most recent credits include STOP KISS (Asst. Director/Stage Manager) and WOMEN (Director) (The Cuckoo’s Theater Project); and ALL MIXED UP (Beth) (Barely Concealed Productions). She is always excited to be back on stage and is super grateful to have such a wonderful cast and crew to work with on this show.
Get to know Melissa! :
TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?
MG: As self-indulgent as this may be, one of my favorite myths is the myth that explains the meaning behind my name. Melissa was a nymph who first discovered how to make honey and fed some to Zeus as a baby after rescuing him from his father, Cronus. Upon discovering this, Cronus turned Melissa into an earthworm but Zeus felt for her and so he turned her into a honey bee instead.
TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?
MG: I chose a career in the arts, I always feel adrift.
TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?
MG: Most of my life, I’ve played therapist to good friends, but lately I try to let myself ask for help more.
TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?
MG: Eventually I had to forgive that one ex that did me the most wrong. After about two years of distance.
TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?
MG: I had a quick stint as an under the table convenience store clerk and dog walker. The store was boring and paid next to nothing but the dogs were cute!
Come see Melissa and the rest of the cast of The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building
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