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Melissa Bergstrom

Melissa is a Boston based actor, playwright, and teaching artist  who is the co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Perpetual Visitors Theatre Company, a brand new Boston based troupe that produces documentary theatre.

Melissa is a Boston-based actor, playwright, and teaching artist who received her Master of Arts in Theatre Education at Emerson College, and holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance and History from SUNY Geneseo. She is the Co-Artistic Director of The Perpetual Visitors Theatre Company, a brand new Boston based troupe that produces documentary theatre, and has performed in a variety of projects in Boston, including Letters to Medford (Two Roads Performance Projects); What We Lost Along the Way (Boston Children's Theatre), and SafeGuard, her original solo documentary performance play which examines the female perspective of deployment. Melissa currently serves on the adjunct faculty at Emerson College in the Department of the Performing Arts. She blogs regularly at www.theperpetualvisitor.com

A Creative Compass
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A Creative Compass

How Documentary Theatre Can Lead Us Forward Post-Election

21 January 2017

Documentary theatre artist Melissa Bergstrom advocates using documentary theatre practices to listen and create new work in today’s social climate. 

Interviewees, Actors, and Audiences
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Interviewees, Actors, and Audiences

the Theatrical Balancing Act of Documentary Playmaking

9 March 2016

Melissa Bergstrom and Kate Marple share their process of creating the documentary theatre piece Big Work.

Slowing Down for Success
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Slowing Down for Success

1 September 2015

Melissa Bergstrom discusses her journey toward accepting a personal definition of success as a theatre artist.

Creative Contingencies
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Creative Contingencies

Making Peace With My Day Job(s)

26 May 2015

Melissa Bergstrom reflects on her early disappointment in having to get a day job in order to support herself as a theatremaker, and how she has grown to appreciate the wide range of experiences she has had.