What You Need to Know
Mel attended a magnet program in Charlotte, North Carolina at Northwest School of the Arts from 8th grade through 12th. While there her focus was on theatre and film photography. She learned through studies with the first recipient for the Tony Award for excellence in Theatre Education, Corey Mitchell. Now she will graduate from Appalachian State University in May 2021 with a BA in General Theatre. Her educational focus has been on dramaturgy, playwrighting and stage management. Mel’s interest in theatre started with her being in church plays at a young age. From there, she attended Northwest School of the Arts where her focus shifted to a more technical aspect. This started when she was asked to run the light board for Northwest’s North Carolina Theatrical Conference production Things Fall...Meanwhile. During the summer of 2014, she got an internship with Theatre Charlotte and learned how to hang lights and program them on a light board. Mel also developed a love for stage management as she stage managed Northwest’s middle school productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr, Legally Blonde Jr. and The Wizard of Oz. Jr. She also has an interest in playwrighting which was showcased in Big Picture; a show on health issues which every high school student taking health in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is required to see. MacDonald has also brought her interests to Appalachian State with her stage management work on The Wolves and First Year Showcase. The monologue that she wrote was featured in Act III of Appalachian State’s Covid Chronicles.