Melissa is currently a proud member of The ASSEMBLY, a playful & lofty collective of process-oriented, performance-driven, self-identifying women clowns. Currently based in Vancouver B.C.
Together they have played to sold-out shows (rated A+ for adults only) since their humble beginnings in January of 2014.
This collection of performers is made up of 10 human creatures that aren’t your stereotypical clowns. They meet weekly to play and laugh and generate performance material in an organic and flexible feminist mode. Each member brings a diversity of skills to the group. When they aren’t clowns on stage, some of their day jobs include being a nurse, a teacher, a carpenter, a somatic therapist, a métis dancer, a storyteller, an actor, a shadow puppeteer and a hospital clown.
This group was co-founded in 2013 by Lisa Voth (Necessary Shenanigans), Jessica Gabriel (Mind of a Snail), Naomi Steinberg (Goosefeather), and several other longstanding members. Since 2013, The ASSEMBLY has produced 4 successful full-length shows at several halls in East Vancouver, and 3 at The Revue Stage which is nestled midway between the east side and the west side of town. The ASSEMBLY aims to bring their particular style of clowning to a wider audience.