Melissa Talbot, local Detroiter and Producer, was kind enough to answer the following questions for my examiner.com readers. It is inspiring to know that we have such a talented person in the city of Detroit who is doing her part to uplift the community with her art. To view the featured slideshow please click on the photo-link to the left of the article. Click on the hyperlinks/highlighted words contained in the article for addition information.
Where do you call home in the Detroit area?
I reside on the west side of Detroit, The U of D District area.
Your educational and production background?
My educational background is Renaissance High School and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. My production background stems from when I directed and produced an independent sketch comedy television show entitled "Switchplay TV" that went national.
When did you become interested in the performing arts?
My interest started with performing arts came from when my husband, Nate Talbot, and our partner, Miles Dixon, took our television show to the stage and started doing live improv and sketches. The instant crowd reaction and the adrenaline rush of creativity the entire cast and crew of Switchplay TV experienced from having to come up with our own concepts, sketches, songs, etc. And I started expanding my craft when I helped a local author turn one of his books into a play.
Tell me about your current play?
I have two current productions
"Man Up" the stage play written by Mark Hunter and Karl King
Directed and Produced by myself
Co-Directed by: Richard Bass
November 9th and 10th at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers, Detroit, MI
Matinee Shows $20/Evening Shows $25
For tickets or more info call 313.444.2342 or 586.275.7738
"Homebound" the inspirational stage play written by Mildred Bullard
Directed and Produced by myself
Co-Directed by: Mike "Raw Voyces" Jeffers
Associate Producer: Richard Bass
Sunday, November 17th at the YMCA Boll Theater, 1401 Broadway (Downtown Detroit)
Show times 3pm and 7pm tickets are $15 for both shows
For tickets or more info call 313.444.2342 or 734.334.0560
What inspires you to produce such plays?
What inspires me to produce plays? I have a motto "turning ideas into reality". I love bringing people words to life. I feel we all have stories to tell and I like to help people deal with day to day issues through drama and comedy in entertainment. I feel we have a lot of talent here in Detroit that go unrecognized and we need vehicles to help build and grow our entertainment industry here in the city.
What do you feel your work says about the person you are?
I feel my work speaks for "everything that I am". I always tell people you shouldn't have to brag on who you are, your work should speak for itself. My work shows the number one thing that I'm about TEAMWORK, creativity, laughter, drama, growing in every production that I do, I'm always taking risks and chances, and helping to better our entertainment industry. And I'm always known to keep my word and make sure people get paid, in this industry that goes a long way.
Contact info, and anything else you would like to share?
I would like to give a lot of credit to my business partners my husband Nate Talbot, and Miles Dixon. They have groomed me and helped mold me into the business woman I am today. I do a lot of business mentoring through them. I also would like to give credit to the organization that I'm apart of (UPU) Urban Playwrights United founded by Vanessa Lynn. This organization has helped unify our efforts in Urban Theater and have helped cultivate a new way that urban entertainment can be seen through stage, film, and books.