Mel O’Brien is a classically-trained and versatile performer, creative and vocal coach based in Melbourne with experience across musical theatre, comedy/cabaret, opera, stage and screen.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Music (Voice – Performance) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2018, she moved to Sydney to further her training at NIDA where Mel completed the Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2019 and then went on to study Screen Acting and Meisner Technique at The Actor's Pulse. Whilst studying, she was cast in three fully-staged and innovative modern operas directed by Jane Davidson (“Passion, Lament, Glory”, Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” and Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites”). She appeared notably as Pitti-Sing in “Gilbert” and Sullivan Opera Victoria’s “The Mikado” and Bonnie-Mae in “Miracle City” as a part of the 2020 Festival of Emerging Artists.
With a particular affinity for the support and development of new work, Mel has since originated roles in a number of productions. Recent credits include the musicals “Starstruck” (RGM Productions), “Girls Are Hot!” (Midsumma Festival), “Tinder Tales: A New Australian Musical” (Melbourne International Comedy Festival), “Beau Wants to Be a Billionaire” (The Factory) and “Seen” (The Sitzprobe). She is also constantly creating comedy work of her own and gracing cabaret stages around the country (Griffin Theatre Company, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Bondi Festival). In 2020, she joined forces with Green Room award-winning composer/comedian Samantha Andrew in the creation of their entirely original musical creation “No Hat, No Play! The Cabaret” set to hit the Melbourne International Comedy Festival stages in 2021.
Mel's vocal strength across all genres, impeccable comic timing and her warm and easygoing nature set her apart as an emerging artist in the theatre scene. She is set to star as Runt in “Disco Pigs” at Gasworks in 2022 and is currently on board as an actor in a number of workshops including “The Devil’s Grip”, a stage adaption of the Neal Drinnan novel, and Erin Pattison's new play under the 'She Writes' program at Theatre Works.