BAM was established in 2001 to create opportunities for youth to receive professional musical theatre training and education. BAM teaches performance and love of theatre in a fun, energetic and engaging manner. Our students are passionate about the study of performance, and many go on to study theatre and music and leading educational institutions including NYU, Northwestern, Boston Conservatory, and others. For every BAM program, rehearsals serve as opportunities for student discovery and will incorporate a wealth of knowledge beyond the script. Through workshops, discussions, and master classes, BAM performers receive the best training and learn not only about performance, but every aspect of theatre.
BAM also offers year-round programing, including our celebrated Broadway Kids! program as well as the BAM Conservatory Ensembles. These competitive year-round programming include professional training and exclusive performance opportunities for studying actors.
FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Melanie is a Chicago based director and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education (Voice) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music (Musical Theatre) from the Boston Conservatory, and a Master of Music Education at Northwestern University.
Melanie founded BAMtheatre in 2001 and has built the company into the leading educational theatre program in the western suburbs of Chicago, involving over 600 students every year. Through BAM, Melanie has directed many productions including Matilda, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Into the Woods, and many others.
Melanie is also a teacher at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL, where she has the pleasure of heading the choral program. Melanie is passionate about teaching music and performing arts to youth, and believes that every child has the ability to express and find their own voice.