Melanie St. Ours

Melanie St. OursAbout the Artist:
Melanie St. Ours works at the crossroads of arts and healing. Previous work includes a Zilphia Horton cultural organizing residency in partnership with undocumented immigrant youth in NC, co-directing and devising The Eleventh Face: Ravana’s Untold Story for the South Asian Performing Arts Network and co-directing How to Be a Human, both with Ali Miller. Melanie directed the DC V-Day 2009 production of The Vagina Monologues, founded and directed Acting Up, a theatre company of homeless and formerly homeless performers in partnership with Picture the Homeless: Bronx, NY, and The Rumi Project, an interactive performance piece she developed and performed while on fellowship in New Delhi.

Melanie practices clinical herbalism and massage therapy in Washington, DC. She earned her BFA in Drama and Applied Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of Alternate ROOTS. She is devoted to the process of collaborative art-making as a soul-tending practice that contributes to the health of our communities.

Current Projects:
Melanie is committed to facilitating theater-making and community healing processes that give us space to free our bodies, our stories, and to experience the change we long for. The process of doing the work itself is transformative. The process is as important as the outcomes.

Residencies are developed with the community who invites Melanie and may include Theater of the Oppressed, community storytelling, community-based healing practices and/or the creation of original plays from community stories. She has experience working with youth, senior citizens, people dealing with chronic illness & mental health challenges, immigrants, and young artists.

Contact Info:
Tour Contact: Melanie St. Ours
2608 10th St NE
Washington, DC  20018

Fee Structure: *

  • One day residency: $700
  • Multi-day residency: $600/day
  • One week residency: $3500

*Fees do not include travel and housing costs; fees are based on 6 hours of workshop time and 2 hours of planning time per residency day and are subject to change based upon the specific nature of the request.

Artistic Discipline:

  • theater
  • multidisciplinary
  • movement
  • body work
  • yoga

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Senior Centers
  • Immigrant populations
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Differently abled populations
Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.