Development & Communications Director
Independent Shakespeare Co.
How Free Shakespeare in the Park Became One of L.A.’s Best Summertime Traditions by Lisa Beebe
Melissa Chalsma, cofounder of L.A.’s Independent Shakespeare Co. with husband David Melville, says she can remember the precise moment during their first summer of performances when she knew the troupe’s free outdoor series would become an annual event...
ISC Receives Receives Paul Robeson Citation Award
From Actors' Equity Foundation and Actors’ Equity Association
The Paul Robeson Citation Award honors individuals or organizations that best exemplify and practice the principles to which Robeson devoted his life: commitment to the freedom of expression and conscience, belief in the Artist’s responsibility to society and respect for the individual and dedication and concern for service to all humankind.
@This Stage Magazine
Theater Evangelizing: A Conversation with Melissa Chalsma and David Melville
by Robbie McDonald
Melissa Chalsma and David Melville met on Broadway some twenty years ago and married shortly thereafter. Very shortly. Melissa jokes that, upon telling her father that she was planning on getting married, he said, “That’s lovely Melissa. Did you have anyone in mind?”
And, yet, here we are.
Stage Raw: The Summer of our (Dis)Content?
WHO'S THE MOST POPULAR PLAYWRIGHT IN LA?
by Maureen Lenker
On the 400th anniversary of his death, what makes Shakespeare endure as a seminal artistic figure in a city thousands of miles from the land of his birth? What brings Angelinos back to Shakespeare summer after summer? ...Whether we’re producing traditional or innovative productions, how can companies draw in new audiences to ensure this summer pastime continues into the future?
Stage Raw Review: Richard III
Reviewed by Gray Palmer
The bottled spider is back! And for the Independent Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III...a sleek vintage bottle has been redesigned to display this specimen of vice...
ISC to receive LA Drama Critics Circle award
"The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater goes to Independent Shakespeare Company. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, sponsor to be announced..."
Zocalo Public Square: Shakespeare would have loved LA
by Melissa Chalsma
I spent the entire July Fourth holiday last year making a roast. Not one you’d ever want to eat—it was made of old tights wrapped around a bag of tiny Styrofoam balls. My kids helped me paint the roast and wrap it in twine so it would look authentically trussed...
@This Stage Magazine: Melville writes a musical about the Red Barn Murder
by David Melville
My father played second trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra, and our house was always full of classical music. At the time I was more into Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, but we found common ground with The Who...
Stage Raw: The Point of Independent Shakespeare Company
The Bard, The park, and hard times
by Steven Leigh Morris
...At first glance, there’s nothing “revolutionary” about free Shakespeare in the park. It’s just the kind of romp that’s been going on for years. On second glance, there is something decidedly revolutionary about it. Chalsma has cast actors of varying ethnicities in her production – nothing revolutionary about that either. More significant is the audience – one of the rare times in LA theater that the viewers reflect the population range of the city: from children to the aged, black, Latino, Pacific Rim, white...
ISC Studio 2017-18
All's Well That Ends Well & the debut of the new ISC Studio