A podcast series where we reflect on shows past

with the artists that helped bring them to life.

In this episode, we chat with MELANIE CRUZ

from Rubicon's 2019 production of Never Not Once.

Melanie Cruz is a SAG-AFTRA/Equity actor who has performed in over 40 plays, three features, and numerous short films, commercials, and voiceovers. This past January she joined Rubicon Theatre Company to play Allison Davis in NEVER NOT ONCE by Carey Crim. A dedicated theatre actor, Melanie starred in her first play, The Ice Wolf, at the Denver Civic Theatre when she was 14. Theatre credits include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Lily in The Skriker, Belarius in Cymbeline, Sara in Lucky Me, and Miss Ovington in Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington with veteran actor Ben Guillory at the esteemed Robey Theatre Company. Her television credits include American Horror Story, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Love, and Scandal.

Melanie is a self-described "American Mutt" who is of Scots-Irish, Spanish-Mexican, Czech and German descent.  Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Melanie attended Gateway High School and spent her junior year as a foreign exchange student in Dinan, France, where she became an avid Francophile and learned fluent French. Melanie went on to earn her BA in English and Theatre from Barnard College - Columbia University and has trained in London with BADA, in improv with Darren Yalacki, in voiceover with Paul Pape and in acting with Krater and BGB Studios.

Melanie’s love of travel has taken her all over the world, including Thailand, Western Samoa, and even a year in Antarctica, where she worked at McMurdo, the largest of the American bases. She is a motorcyclist, a certified diver and an avid animal lover who has two cats and two dogs, all rescues, whom she serenades on a regular basis--sometimes in French, sometimes in Spanish, but mostly in English. 


Melanie Cruz 




The Rubicon Experience © 2020

A podcast by Rubicon Theatre Company.

Created and produced by Sandy Aichner

Video Editor: Joseph Demaria

Introduction Voice by Scott Aichner

Music by Bensound "All That"

Photo Credit: Deidhra Fahey and David Zaugh

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