Melissa's journey into acting began when she moved to L.A. from her hometown Milan, Italy.

As a  well trained  ballerina she already had a passion for the stage but after enrolling at the prestigious Stella Adler Academy, she felt that acting was her true calling.

Still a student, she participated in several music videos alongside the biggest names of the music industry( Kylie Minogue,Timbaland,Jay Z to name a few) using both her dancing and acting skills.

Since her graduation she's been cast in several indie film productions,TV shows and commercials.She was featured in Grey's Anatomy,Glee,Cold Case and several hit shows.She played the lead  in an international film production,Repetition, that gave her the opportunity to showcase her dancing skills. Melissa was also  featured in Mantervention,an independent production alongside Mario Van Peeble,Nick Roux and Chloe Bridges that premiered at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.Recently she played alongside Danny Trejo in an action feature film, she released a webseries that she wrote and directed and has a recurring role in the TV mini series Ryan's Life.

Melissa's experience on stage has been very diverse and exciting; from performing the classics like Titania in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Irina in Chekov's Three Sisters and Ophelia in Hamlet to modern plays like August Osage County,Marvin's Room and Hay Fever.

Melissa is a native speaker of  Italian and French  and this allows her to play diverse roles with ease.


A firm believer that doing what you love will keep you happy and healthy, Melissa plans to act for as long as she lives.

Melissa Cantatore