Melissa Nelson (Chloe)

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MELISSA NELSON (Chloe) is rising senior at Marymount Manhattan College who enjoys abstract expressionism, harp music and unconventionally flavored ice cream.

Why Theatre?
Theatre, or the theater toward which I feel drawn, should emotionally/socially/physically open up the participants. It’s exploration. It’s catharsis. It’s connection. It allows us to question where we are and where we want to be. 
Why Ardor?
This play appeared at a vitally significant place/time in my life. A time of transition and curiosity with open space for discovery and connection. To me, Ardor is a piece about passion and searching for people/objects/art that bring humans closer to one another… Or poses questions about why we feel an affinity toward certain people or things. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it. 
What inspires you? 
Excitement is spurred by innovation and adventure. Reading about and engaging with ideas that are new to me gives me immense please. At the present, I am inspired by Stuart Davis, Joni Mitchell and Maggie Nelson.  
Random Facts: 

Eating is my best talent.

I can burp on command.

I read Atlas Shrugged when I was 17 (not recommended).