We are so excited to announce our first special guest, Melissa Barrera, star of the upcoming feature film of the hit musical IN THE HEIGHTS.
Masterclass Teacher and Special Performance
We are so excited to have Melissa join our VBF 2020 weekend! She will be speaking to our attendees about the business of acting from her experience from the stage to the screen and beyond! PLUS she will be giving us a special performance at our Red Carpet Celebration!
Melissa is a Mexican actress, born and raised in Monterrey, México. She first fell in love with acting through the musical theater productions and drama classes in school, The American School Foundation of Monterrey. Her first professional job was playing Juliet in the Mexican adaptation of the French musical Romeo et Juliette. After getting a taste of a theatrical run, she knew that's what she wanted to dedicate her life to. She attended CAP21, the musical theater school as part of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. After two years she moved back to Mexico when she was selected to compete in a singing competition reality show called La Academia. After, she decided to stay in Mexico city where she spent the next five and a half years doing telenovelas, theater, tv shows and films. In 2017, she decided to make the move to Los Angeles to try to cross over and work in the english speaking market. Shortly after her move she booked the role of Lyn Hernandez on the Starz tv show VIDA, the third season of which aired spring of 2020. We will see her next playing the role of Vanessa in the upcoming film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony winning musical, IN THE HEIGHTS to premiere June 2021.
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