With over 20 years of experience as an actress On and Off Broadway, Melodie has worked with such playwrights as David Mamet, Christopher Durang, Romulus Linney, Arthur Giron, Hal Corley, Shirley Lauro, Frank Gilroy, Curt Dempster and even the late Tennessee Williams. She was fortunate to have worked with director Jerry Zaks several times, as well as, Carl and Rob Reiner. A founding member of EST, she started directing and writing there and has worked with many playwrights as a dramaturg. She founded the EST Institute with Curt Dempster around 1978 and has been a master teacher of actor’s craft at EST, Playwrights Horizons and the 42nd Street Collective. She continues to coach actors in NY and NJ.  Since 2005, she has been singing in the musical duo of Somers & Steel and performs oldies, classic rock, country, and original music all over NJ and beyond.