Melanie Keller’s first appearance with First Folio was in the 2004 production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Other First Folio credits include Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night as well as productions of Salvage, The Turn of the Screw, Jeeves in Bloom, Design for Living, Angel Street and Private Lives. As member of Signal Ensemble Theatre, she appeared as an actor in East of Berlin and The Russian Play for which she won a Jeff Award for Best Actress, The Weir (Jeff Nomination Best Supporting Actress), She Stoops to Conquer and Much Ado about Nothing. Recent directing work includes the Jeff Nominated production of The Drowning Girls at Signal Ensemble, Troll at Fraud and Phony Theatre Collective, The Amish Project at First Folio, and projects at WildClaw Theater and Chicago Dramatists. Additional acting work includes Feathers & Teeth at The Goodman and Tom Jones at Northlight Theatre. Regional work includes Twelfth Night at both Lakeside Shakespeare and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include Hamlet and King John at Chicago Shakespeare and productions with Peninsula Players, Shakespeare Project of Chicago and Strawdog, among others. She has appeared on Chicago Fire, and recently shot the short film UberEx. She trained at RADA in London and was a Chicago Fellow at the Stratford Festival of Canada.