Waltzing Mechanics is pleased to welcome Melody Ekstrom as our resident dramaturg. Having trained at two of the nation's finest regional theatres, Melody is well poised to support the playwriting and public dialogue for our eight full-length documentary dramas in development.
Melody Ekstrom, an alumna of Ball State University, most recently used her dramaturgical skills as an artistic apprentice at Cleveland Play House during the 2013-2014 season. Melody also served as an intern at the Goodman Theatre in the summer of 2013. She reads for the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Melody has provided dramaturgical support for Mamaí Theatre Company, Minnetrista Cultural Center, and Broadway actress Sutton Foster, as a member of a student group that conducted pre-production research for Anything Goes. In 2013, she traveled to the Kennedy Center in recognition for her dramaturgical work on Spring Awakening at Ball State. As a sophomore in college, Melody worked on an immersive learning project with Jennifer Blackmer and Dr. Melinda Messineo that involved conducting interviews with the people of Muncie and adapted that research into a play about the Indiana city. She is excited to continue her documentary theatre journey with the Waltzing Mechanics.
Waltzing Mechanics, now in their fifth year in Chicago, create original documentary theatre inspired by real people telling stories about their lives. Using methods of performance ethnography, we facilitate dialogues among our audiences and within our communities.