Melody Meitrott Libonati
Director & Artistic Tutor: Voice, Musical Theater, Acting
Melody is the founding Director of The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan. As a professional actress, Melody has performed leading roles in Broadway Musicals, National Tours and Regional Theatre Companies. She held a leading role on the soap opera, One Life to Live, has recorded award winning radio and TV jingles and has been featured in numerous national and regional TV commercials (including the spokeswoman for Waldbaum’s Supermarkets for 9 years) As a cabaret performer in NYC, Melody’s act was acclaimed by New York Critics. She has performed concerts and cabaret evenings for numerous community fund raising benefits. As a director and choreographer, Melody has directed plays, operas and dozens of musicals utilizing professionals, students and local talents.
She is the artistic director for the Summer Theatre of New Canaan where has directed many of their professional musicals. Her shows, direction and creative teams have been nominated for best muscials, choreography, direction, acting in CT musicals by the CT Critics Circle. As a professional educator, Melody has written and produced “Melody’s Drama Rama Kids”, a pre-school creative play pilot Music / TV program adapted from her young children classes taught in New York City and Connecticut. Melody has written the theme songs to ABC TV’s saturday morning kids shows. She developed the performing arts program for 13 years at the King & Low-Heywood Thomas High School where she directed the plays and musicals, taught musical theater, acting, dance, speech, and choral singing to hundreds of high school and middle school students. Melody also created an acting and performance program for children with special needs call The DRAMARAMAS and they perform every summer as part of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s summer season. Melody holds a teaching degree from Ithaca College in Drama-Speech and is a certified yoga instructor. Melody is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity and BMI. Melody teaches voice, musical theatre classes and the the early / pre-school classes.