Performance

Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, to a Chinese mother and a Greek father, Melissa Dunphy has been hailed as "unquestionably the city's leading Shakespeare ingénue" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2014 she performed in iHamlet, Robin Malan's one-person adaptation of Hamlet, for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has also performed with the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater (Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Marina), the Lantern Theater (Ophelia), Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival (Ariel, Ophelia, Hotspur, Lear’s Fool), Theater of the Seventh Sister (Juliet, Perdita), Plays and Players, and PlayPenn. Melissa has been a full-time company member of Gamut Theatre in Harrisburg, and has been featured on television, film, radio, and in print as a commercial actor and model. Melissa began her music training on piano at age three, and took up violin lessons at seven; she has also dabbled in drum kit, French horn, and flute. Her major instrument during her Bachelor of Music was cello, however, her current instruments of choice are the viola and electric mandolin. At sixteen, she graduated high school with the highest marks in Queensland in music performance and an Associate Diploma of Music from the Australian Music Examination Board in viola, and toured to Asia and the United States with two youth orchestras. Melissa has played in orchestras and chamber groups, contributed to bands of all genres from folk to funk to cyberpunk (her latest outfit Up Your Cherry is a rock duo with husband Matt), recorded as a session musician, and been a conductor and musical director for several theater productions, including the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference.

Theatre

Film/TV/Radio

Music

Modeling


2014 Hamlet (lead), iHamlet, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater Philadelphia, PA
2011 Jen (lead), Death for Sidney Black, Luna Theater Philadelphia, PA
2010 Quintus/Young Lucius, Titus Andronicus, Plays & Players Philadelphia, PA
  Performer, An Evening of Poetry at Gamut (Stagedoor Series), Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival Harrisburg, PA
2009 Ophelia, Hamlet, Lantern Theater Company Philadelphia, PA
  Lady Macbeth, Witch, Macbeth, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Philadelphia, PA
2008 Lucine, Another Man's Son , PlayPenn Philadelphia, PA
  Juliet, Romeo & Juliet, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Philadelphia, PA
  Marina, Pericles, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Philadelphia, PA
2006 Perdita, The Winter's Tale, Theater of the Seventh Sister, Shakespeare in Long's Park Lancaster, PA
  The Fool, King Lear, Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival Harrisburg, PA
  Cat, The Brementown Musicians, Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Ophelia/Horatio/Guildenstern, Hamlet, Gamut Theatre Educational Tour Harrisburg, PA
  Elizabeth Ann McGillicuddy, The Frog Prince, Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Musical director/Bird/Mouse/Squirrel/Mole, A Year with Frog and Toad, Gamut Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Bonita, Beauty and the Beast, Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Face to Face Lancaster, PA
2005 Katherine DuPont, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Hotspur/Mowbray/Justice Silence, Henry IV, Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival Harrisburg, PA
  Various characters, Aesop's Fables Too!, Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Little Red, Little Red Riding Hood, Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Betsy Lou/Griselda, Jack and the Beanstalk, Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Montjoy/Cambridge/Jamy, Henry V, Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival Harrisburg, PA
  Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Face to Face Lancaster, PA
2004 Ariel, The Tempest, Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival Harrisburg, PA
  Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Theater of the Seventh Sister, Shakespeare in Long's Park Lancaster, PA
  Cobweb/Musical Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival Harrisburg, PA
  Margot Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank, Open Stage of Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA
  Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Theater of the Seventh Sister Lancaster, PA
1999 University of New South Wales Theatrical Society:
• Director, Amadeus (major production)
• Director, Rhinoceros, (minor production)
• Mrs Peterson, Biird(e)
Sydney, Australia
1998 University of New South Wales Theatrical Society:
• Master Terry, Sting the Bee Back
• Mrs Peterson, Bye Bye Birdie
• Girl, Tempests (a recontextualisation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest)
Sydney, Australia
  Member of the Lindrum Theatre Company,
performing at the Australian International Shakespearean Festival
Sydney, Australia
1997 University of New South Wales Theatrical Society:
• Two roles in student-written shorts, SPASMS
Sydney, Australia
  McDonald's Performing Arts Challenge Speech and Drama Open Champion
Sydney, Australia
1996 The Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas, Somerville House
Brisbane, Australia
  Brisbane Speech and Drama Eisteddfod Senior Champion
Brisbane, Australia
2011 Host, Tesla Science Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony Philadelphia, PA
  Video Spokesmodel, Live Face on Web www.livefaceonweb.com
  Narrator/Interviewer, 21st Century Classical Music (Divine Hand Ensemble documentary) Philadelphia, PA
2010 SAI Global Data Protection corporate training video Princeton, NJ
  Comcast television commercial Philadelphia, PA
2009 YMCA television commercial, CBS Philadelphia, PA
  Voiceover, Leica Microsystems Demonstration Video, eMedtrain Philadelphia, PA
2006 Shippensburg University television commercial, First Generation Video Harrisburg, PA
2005 Featured extra, Bobby Rahal Honda commercial Harrisburg, PA
  Pengy, Some Kind of Justice, Pocket Change Productions Harrisburg, PA
  Tanner, No Sanctuary, Mythic Image Media Lancaster, PA
  Evil Elf, Two Front Teeth, Roast Beast, LLC Baltimore, MD
2004 Nurse Aide, Industrial Training Video, Aurora Films Lancaster, PA
  Juliet (and interview as self), Two on the Aisle, Blue Ridge Cable Ephrata, PA
  On-air talent, WITF-TV Kids Pledge Campaign Harrisburg, PA
  On-air talent, WITF-FM Pledge Campaign Harrisburg, PA
  Voiceover, The Harman Agency, Infomax Harrisburg, PA
2003 Voiceover, WITF-TV "Retrain Your Brain," Antiques Roadshow commercial Harrisburg, PA
2001 Finalist, Channel [V] Reporter Search
Appeared on Australia’s premier music television station for three weeks, hosting music video
programs and interviewing international acts such as A Perfect Circle.
Sydney, Australia
1998 Actor, dramatic re-enactment, Australia’s Most Wanted Sydney, Australia
  Extra, McDonald's commercial
Sydney, Australia
2014 Singer/Electric mandolin player, Up Your Cherry Philadelphia, PA
  Director of Music Composition, ViolistO'Neill National Puppetry Conference Waterford, CT
  Violist, University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra Philadelphia, PA
  Violist/Vocalist, Mirroring SkyInVersion Theatre Philadelphia, PA
2013 Violist, University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra Philadelphia, PA
2011 Composer/performer (mandolin), Death for Sidney Black, Luna Theater Philadelphia, PA
  Composer/performer, O'Neill National Puppetry Conference Waterford, CT
2010 Composer/sound designer, Zacherle: A Prelude to the Last Mummer, Philadelphia Fringe Festival Philadelphia, PA
  Singer/Mandolin player, Mandolin Request Time web series Philadelphia, PA
  Composer/performer, O'Neill National Puppetry Conference Waterford, CT
  Cello soloist, O'Neill Theater Center 2010 Summer Gala: Celebration of American Puppetry Waterford, CT
  Fiddler (viola soloist), Much Ado About Nothing, Theatre Horizon Philadelphia, PA
  Cellist, Melodia Trio Philadelphia, PA
  Cello soloist, Breath of Life incidental music, Lantern Theater Company Philadelphia, PA
2009 Conductor, The Gonzales Cantata, Philadelphia Fringe Festival Philadelphia, PA
  Cello soloist, A Night of Gershwin, Village Productions Pottstown, PA
  Composer/Performer, Chamber Shakespeare: Macbeth, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre Philadelphia, PA
  Cellist, West Chester University Symphony Orchestra West Chester, PA
2008 Music captain, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Philadelphia, PA
  Cellist, West Chester University Symphony Orchestra West Chester, PA
2007 Cellist, West Chester University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Le Chat Noir String Quartet West Chester, PA
  Musical Director, A Year with Frog and Toad, Gamut Theatre Harrisburg, PA
2006 Composed/recorded The Frail Variations West Chester, PA
  Cellist, West Chester University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Quartet West Chester, PA
  Solo Soprano, And What Alice Found There ... Music of Ross Care Harrisburg, PA
  Musical director, The Glass Menagerie, Gamut Theatre Harrisburg, PA
  Musical director/Bird/Mouse/Squirrel/Mole, A Year with Frog and Toad, Gamut Theatre Harrisburg, PA
2005 Tears for Agnes Shui (vocals, viola, piano, 5-string violin) Harrisburg, PA
  Musical director, The Glass Menagerie, Gamut Theater Harrisburg, PA
2004 Electric Violinist, Second Sky Lancaster, PA
  Musical Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival Harrisburg, PA
2003 Synth/vocalist, Dead Inside the Chrysalis
(Cyberpunk Electroclash band), appearing in the film clip 'The Invisible'
Sydney, Australia
2002 Synth/vocalist, Dead Inside the Chrysalis Sydney, Australia
  Violist/electric violinist, The Monstars (Alt rock band) Sydney, Australia
2001 Violist, Akradia (Alt rock band)
Sydney, Australia
  Finalist, Channel [V] Reporter Search
Appeared on Australia’s premier music television station for three weeks, hosting music video
programs and interviewing international acts such as A Perfect Circle.
Sydney, Australia
1999 Violist/Keyboardist, Hover (Alt rock band)
Sydney, Australia
1998 Principal violist, Sydney Youth Orchestra
Sydney, Australia
  Viola, Tuta Runas (South American folk band) , performing at the Newtown Music Festival Sydney, Australia
  University of New South Wales Theatrical Society:
• Mrs Peterson, Bye Bye Birdie
• Musician, An Unfinished Song
Sydney, Australia
1997 Musician, Linnaeus, Prince of Flowers, Theatre of Plants, performing in the Sydney Botanical Gardens
Sydney, Australia
  Viola, Sydney Youth Orchestra International Tour West Coast USA
  Viola, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra International Tour Japan/Korea
1996 The Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas, Somerville House
Brisbane, Australia
  Accepted into Lyric Opera of Queensland Children’s Chorus Brisbane, Australia
2010 Model, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (Franklin Institute) print campaign Philadelphia, PA
  Model, Making History: The Campaign for Penn Philadelphia, PA
  Promotional model for Major League Soccer, McDonalds, USA Network. Wilmington, DE
2008 Model, Bank of America Wilmington, DE
  Promotional model for L'Oreal, T-Mobile, TJ Maxx, TouchTunes, New Balance, Chiquita Bananas, Molson, Advil, Animal Planet, the Karpel Group, Corona, Chi Chis, Barbie. Wilmington, DE
2007 Promotional model for Microsoft Zune, Dove Soap Cherry Hill, NJ
2006 Runner up, Harrisburg Magazine cover model contest Harrisburg, PA
2004 Featured model, What is Goth?, Voltaire New York, NY
  Promotional model for GMR Marketing Harrisburg, PA
2001 Model for photographer Emma Ryan Sydney, Australia
  Model for Totally Pierced Sydney, Australia
  Catwalk model, Synergy Hair annual show Sydney, Australia