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Melissa Hillman
English, Drama

BA in Operatic Theatre Direction
CSU East Bay

MA in Dramatic Art
University of California, Berkeley

PhD in Dramatic Art
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Melissa Hillman holds a PhD in dramatic art from UC Berkeley, where she was a Pearl Hickman Fellow and was twice awarded the Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Theatrical Talent. Melissa is the Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley, a small professional company that specializes in new plays by emerging playwrights and reimagined classics. She has taught at UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, the Berkeley Digital Film Institute, and De Anza College. She's a contributor to "Theatre Bay Area" magazine and blogs as Bitter Gertrude, where she writes about theatre and popular culture.

Melissa's specialties include Shakespeare, new play development, Ancient Greek drama, and critical analysis. Her interests outside the world of theatre and lit include history, especially Medieval and Renaissance Europe, with a particular interest in popular culture and culinary history. She has an extensive collection of antique and vintage cookbooks, with which she backdated several culinary terms for the Oxford English Dictionary. Melissa and her husband are members of The 501st Legion, so if you ever see a very short TIE fighter pilot the next time you drive by Children's Hospital, it might be Melissa! Melissa is a proud fifth-generation resident of the beautiful East Bay. She lives in Albany with her husband and their son and daughter.