BIOGRAPHY

ACTRESS

Melissa van der SchyffMelissa played the lead role of Blanche Barrow in the Broadway production of the musical, BONNIE AND CLYDE, at the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre in 2011. Her performance earned 2012 award nominations from both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

She originated the role from the very first reading when only a first act and a few songs had been written. The show had its premiere in 2009 at the La Jolla Playhouse. Her performance there earned a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award: the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Melissa went on to another critically acclaimed performance at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida in the Fall of 2010.

Bonnie and Clyde comes from the the creative team of Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula), Don Black (Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, Dracula) and Ivan Menchell (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)—with a thrilling new score that combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music and is directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Big River, Pippin, Brooklyn.)

Melissa starred as Catherine in the critically acclaimed Center Theatre Group/Deaf West Production of PIPPIN at The Mark Taper Forum.

Melissa starred on Broadway in the 2003 Tony Award Nominated Musical Revival of BIG RIVER in the role of Mary Jane Wilkes for which she received the prestigious Tony Honor for Special Achievement in Theatre along with her castmates. Her vocals were compared to Dolly Parton for her country number "You Oughta Be Here With Me" by the L.A.Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Variety and a host of other reviews, confirming Melissa's ability to be a vocal chameleon.

Other theatre credits include originating the role of Kayla in the World Premiere play BALLAD, for which she received a Dramalogue Award and an Ovation Nomination. Melissa has appeared onstage at the South Coast Repertory, originating the role of Virginia and Clara in The World Premiere Musical AN ITALIAN STRAW HAT, at Center Theatre Group as Ginny in the new musical workshop of POST OFFICE by Michael Friedman and Melissa James Gibson and at The La Jolla Playhouse in the World Premiere musical ZHIVAGO by Tony Award Nominee Lucy Simon.

Recent FILM credits include: Carol Martin in A LOT LIKE LOVE starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet; the leading role of Mary in Showtime's original movie THE GREAT COMMISSION; Marnie in the Independent Short, SPEED DATING (Winner of the KODAK AFI Award); and Salome in the Indie JOHNNY 316 starring Vincent Gallo (Sundance.)

Recent TV: Series Regular on the comedy pilot THE WHITEY SHOW, produced by Seinfeld's Jason Alexander; Guest Star on CHICAGO HOPE and LOVE AND MARRIAGE; and a series regular on the sketch comedy show NATIONAL LAMPOON's LEMMINGS.



COMEDY

QUESTION—What do John Belushi, Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase and Melissa van der Schyff all have in common?

ANSWER—They all started out as NATIONAL LAMPOON LEMMINGS. Melissa was recently cast as one of the new generation of Lemmings in the sketch comedy show "National Lampoon's Lemmings". Melissa starred in and wrote numerous sketches for the show as well as doing impressions such as Nicole Kidman, Hilary Swank, Hilary Clinton, Katie Holmes, Amy Winehouse, Suze Orman and more!

Melissa also filmed an all improv. comedy pilot for MTV called "THE WHITEY SHOW" which was produced by Seinfeld's Jason Alexander in which she played Celine Dion.

Melissa was also a founding member of the improv. comedy troupe "THE IMPROMANIACS" which is based in Victoria B.C., Canada.

Melissa was born in South Africa, grew up in Victoria, B.C., Canada and has lived in Los Angeles for the past 10 years. (She is legally able to work in both Canada and the U.S.A.) Melissa holds a B.F.A. in Acting and Music from The Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly The College of Santa Fe) in New Mexico.



VOICE OVER

Melissa van der SchyffMelissa has worked as a voice over artist for RUBBER CHICKEN CARDS (Online Greetings) for the past 3 years creating a loyal following around the world for her lovable and quirky characters including "The Psychick" (Hip Gen X medium who delivers messages from the spirit world), "The Flight Attendant" (cheery southern belle Jenny Sue offers her passengers anything from Botox to Freeze Dried Roadkill), "Way Up North's" Diane (a hermit environmentalist in The Frozen North who delivers messages from her igloo via her Moose Cam).

Melissa has also written original scripts for the company. Her Flight Attendant character "Jenny Sue" was featured on the the front page of the L.A. Times Business Section along with an article about the growing success of Rubber Chicken Cards.

Melissa also voiced several characters for the "Bedtime With Barney" radio series (Cry Wolf Productions) including Gladys The Duck, Mama Turtle and Clarissa the Fairy Godmother.



SINGER/SONGWRITER

As a studio singer Melissa can be heard on dozens of promo spots, most notably the jingle for PAY PER VIEW television. Melissa is also an accomplished songwriter and is available to write in any genre from jingles, to pop. Her critically acclaimed debut pop album URBAN PEASANT is available at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/mvds

Melissa was voted "Artist of The Year" by fans across the world on Femmusic.com (Women in Music) and her single DIVINE was featured in the Showtime Original Movie THE GREAT COMMISSION for which she received an Independent Music Award Nomination for "Best Song featured in Film or Television".

Her singles DIVINE and I'M ALREADY GONE have received Triple A radio play and are both currently featured in the upcoming Independent Feature TILLAMOOK TREASURE which won "Best Family Film" at The Newport Film Festival.

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