Melissa Yanchak

Theatre Arts
Staff Musical Director

Melissa joined Wright State University as a music director in 2018. She previously served as music director/conductor/keyboardist for Work Light Productions (NY/NJ), Tuacahn Center for the Arts (Ivins, UT), West Virginia Public Theatre, 1812 Productions (Philadelphia, PA), Summer Stock Austin (TX), Cockroach Theatre (Las Vegas, NV), Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL), The Human Race Theatre (Dayton, OH), Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI), Feld Entertainment (Palmetto, FL), and in her hometown for Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Front Porch Productions, Keystone State Music Theater, and Point Park University. Melissa has also served on staff for the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly awards and can be seen on the PBS special about the Jimmy Awards, "Broadway or Bust," as a member of the creative staff. Regional: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, Disney's Mary Poppins, Starlight Express (regional premiere), Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Nunsense, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Mr. Burns, Lizzie. National Tours: R&H’s Cinderella, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Ringling Bros Circus (Blue Unit, “Legends” & “Out of This World”).

Education History

B.S. Organizational Leadership, Wright State University (2021)
Minor in Nonprofit Administration & Certificate in Arts Management
Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP)


Musical Theatre Voice, TH1000-01
Singing for Musical Theatre (ALL)
Acting in Musical Theatre I, TH3370-01 (with Greg Hellems)
Acting in Musical Theatre II, TH3380-01 (with Joe Deer)
Musical Theatre for the Actor, TH3990-03 (with Lee Merrill Hapner)

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Local 60-471
Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA)

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