Melanie is a founding board member of Equality Mississippi, a state-wide organization dedicating to promoting social justice and advancing equality for all LGBTQ individuals. She serves as Executive Director of Link Centre in Tupelo, Mississippi, a multi-tenant nonprofit whose mission includes identifying and attracting partners to create a community of shared services to transform lives through education, cultural awareness, and health. Melanie joined Link in 2007, from the Office of the Boards of Overseers at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Over the past twenty-five years, Melanie has worked as an arts manager, writer, translator, and dramaturg both as a freelance consultant and staff member at many New York and New- England-area theater companies. She is former Vice President of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, an international professional organization and served on the three-person panel judging the annual dramaturgy prize for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (Region I). Melanie received her AB in History and Literature from Harvard and her MFA training in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama.