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Actor and comic, Melissa DuPrey, is a Chicago native from Humboldt Park. After earning double Bachelor degrees from the University of Houston, she returned to Chicago to join the all-Latina theatre company, Teatro Luna. Her one-woman show, SEXomedy, was developed during their monthly series for women of color in the arts. Her solo show is now Chicago Reader Recommended, a Member’s Pick, and had a successful debut Off-Broadway in New York. Her second solo show, SUSHI-frito, has also been critically acclaimed as part of MPAACT’s Signature Series for solo artists. In Jan 2014, she made her debut on The Goodman stage in the world premier of their wildly successful new work, Luna Gale (Lourdes), which also premiered in Los Angeles later that year. She was selected as a new talent for the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase in New York City. She has performed stand-up comedy in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. She is currently the Producing Associate with Pegasus Theatre Chicago, hired to implement diverse theatre programming with a special focus on women of color in the arts. As a teaching artist, she partners with various art institutions, such as the Lyric Opera and The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, for community outreach and program development.

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