Melissa Young


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  • Actor/Actress
  • Coach - Cabaret
  • Coach - General
  • Coach - Writer
  • Comedy
  • Director
  • Master of Ceremonies (Host/Emcee)
  • Producer - General
  • Producer - Theatre
  • Singer
  • Singer - Choral
  • Singer - Folk
  • Singer - General/Cabaret
  • Singer - Jazz
  • Singer - Multi
  • Singer - Musical Theater
  • Singer - Rock & Roll
  • Teacher - Speech
  • Videographer/Documentaries
  • Voice Over
  • Writer - General
About Me
Melissa Young has been performing around the country with her solo shows, Redheaded Broadway, Lucky Star: Madonna at 55 and Beyond and OUT: A Rainbow Icon Celebration. Hailing from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, she ran to the other side of the state for school at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduation she continued west, landing in Chicago. In Chicago, Melissa has had the pleasure of performing at Davenports, Drury Lane Water Tower, Hydrate, The Gentry, Theater Building Chicago, The Bailiwick and the Park West. Melissa is a Board member of The Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

Melissa starred with 1981 Miss America Susan Powell and Broadway’s Nat Chandler in Show Stoppers, 80 Years of Broadway Favorites That Brought Down the House at the Valentine Theater in Toledo, Ohio. Melissa was some what of a regular at the beautiful fully restored 900 seat Valentine Theater after playing Winnifred in their inaugural production of Once Upon a Mattress and aside from Show Stoppers also played Nellie Forbush in the 2006 Season’s South Pacific.

In New York, Melissa has been seen at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Club Iguana and the infamous Stonewall Inn.

Melissa has lived in Chicago for 17 years and has had the pleasure of working with many off loop theater companies such as The Boxer Rebellion Ensemble, Theater Building Chicago, The BackStage Theater Company, White Horse Theater Ensemble, Bailiwick Chicago and Open Eye Productions, to name a few. She has acted and directed many productions during her Chicago stay and even took the original play Me, The Devil and Other Friends by Fannon Holland to the New York International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2003. She is currently Director of New Works for Bailiwick Chicago.

Aside from Cabaret and performing on the stage, Melissa is also proud graduate of the Second City Conservatory

Melissa is the voice of Lily on the children’s animated program, The Ebos Adventures, among other voiceover work.

Melissa hosts many charity events for many not for profit organizations.
Pop, Jazz, Musical Theater, Madonna, Folk, Soul
Quotes from fans and press
“Cabaret Diva!” -Time Out Chicago

“The Indefatigable Melissa Young!” -Kevin Moore of WSBC 1240AM Chicago

“Performance and voice, Young is among the Best!” -Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline

Teachers and Coaches

Audition prep for professionals, amateurs and high school students
My home studio in Lincoln Square
Philosophy (50 words or less):
"Get the most bang out of your 1 minute and 16 bars. Hone your audition pieces for that upcoming audition and have great success with my help. Comedic and dramatic monologues, song interpretation, college admissions auditions, First Folio‐based Shakespeare. Professionals who coach with me get cast!"
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Class schedule or availability:
Daytime and weeknights, Sundays