Melissa McDonald

B.A. Candidate

Melissa McDonald

Melissa is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the performance of recorded music, singing, visual art, theater, dance, makeup, skin care and technology. Her work entails: producing live music events, mixed media projects, songs, poetry, VR installations, painting, drawing, and this year: sculpting. 

She manages as a sales rep for Fusion Brands CBD and Rise Kombucha, additionally working with America Reads as a tutor.

All in all, Melissa sees herself as creator between world utilizing her work to address the subconscious and conscious traces we leave behind in our decision-making. She often refers to intuition as the infinite source of her practice.

Why PS @ NYU?

I chose Performance Studies because I recognized that if I could understand what the point to creating theater/art in general was, then I no longer would have existential crises about why I was creating in the first place. Performance Studies has given me the academic recognition of the importance of practice & it's social, cultural, economic, political value in society. Performance Studies informed my subjective relationship to the world, allowing me to understand the myriad of ways in which I can exist through a variety of expressions. I chose the program because not only was I interested in how we perform on stage or on the canvas, but how those performances could translate to my day to day life.

Education

New York University

Bachelor of Arts Candidate - Performance Studies, Minor in Studio Art

New York, New York

Internships & Residencies

• Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, Intern
• Jump Into the Light VR Cinema & Playlab, Intern
• Kimball Studios, Intern
• Artist in Residence, Jump Into The Light
• Artist in Residence, Playlab

Awards & Distinctions

• NYU Dean's List
• Gallatin Student Arts Festivals participant