Melissa Charles is the Artistic Director of DMR Adventures and the Founder/President of the Belmont Arts Collaborative. Melissa also serves on the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) Board as Vice-Chair of the Theatre for Youth Division. She a professional actor, director, choreographer, and teacher. A member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA, she has worked as an actor in theatre, film, and television in NYC, LA and in regional theaters throughout the country. She has taught workshops, classes, and coached actors for the International Thespian Festival, Broadway Adventure, UST, Live Arts, Lighthouse Studios, Chautauqua Institution, Charlottesville High School, Tandem Friends, Peabody School, and more. She has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke and a B.A. in Drama from UVA. She has produced, directed and choreographed over 50 productions. Melissa just founded the Belmont Arts Collaborative (BAC) in Charlottesville VA, an accessible and affordable venue for artists and arts organizations. Melissa’s most valued accomplishment is the creation of DMR’s Youth Leadership Program (YLP), through which dozens of students interested in a career in the performing arts have gained hands-on experience with professional mentors. Melissa recently played the role of Lydia Ketcham on the AMC television series, Turn: Washington’s Spies.