Right Brain: Melissa Amato | SummitDaily.com

Right Brain: Melissa Amato

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Melissa Amato, Best known as a director and actor. Also a painter, photographer, writer, choregrapher, and musician.

Melissa Amato had plenty of success in theater in Prague, Berlin and New York City. The problem was, she lost her passion. When she moved to Summit County, she reconnected with the sacredness of art.DREAMS: I want to run a performing and fine arts camp for kids with cancer and their families.

WHY DO ART?: Stanislavski once asked “Do you love yourself in the art or the art in yourself?” I love the art in myself and need to express it. Art is one of the two things I am most passionate about in life.WHAT DO YOU CONVEY?: It really depends on my mood and the art form. With theater, I usually try to evoke a specific emotion in my audience, and with other forms I just express my own raw emotion. When I write, I share things I’ve learned in order to help others or just make them laugh for awhile.

CHALLENGE: I worked professionally as a stage manager, director and producer in Prague, Berlin and New York City before moving to Summit County. When I did it as a career, I stopped enjoying myself. Art is sacred for me; it’s not something I can enjoy doing 12 hours a day to pay rent. Now that I do it only when I want to, I love it all over again. ACCOMPLISHMENT: I am writing a novel right now that is about half finished. I had a friend read it to give me some feedback, and she couldn’t put it down. She told me to hurry up and finish because she wants to know what happens with the characters. That was a huge compliment for me and my work.

STAYING FRESH: I constantly change art forms to stay fresh, and the art within me motivates me to let it out.WHEN YOU’RE NOT DOING ART?: I work at Keystone Medical Center as an EMT, and at Copper Medical Center I take x-rays. In the summer, I teach the Young Peoples Theatre Workshop in Dillon. I volunteer at the Summit Community Care Clinic and write letters for Amnesty International. I also travel as much as possible, snowboard, practice yoga, rock climb, play softball, read and take long baths while sipping a good cabernet.

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