Melissa Rakiro, originally from the Philadelphia area, received her Bachelor's in Acting from Temple University. While in school she continued her vocal studies through the Boyer School of Music in Opera, Jazz and Musical Theater. Melissa currently resides in New York City. She has appeared in various off Broadway productions, TV, Film, and dozens of commercial and print ads.
Most recently, Melissa appeared as the lead, Jody, in the short film "Little Things" Directed by Tegan Shohet (CBS's The Good Fight) Expected release, December 2019. You can also see all the other things she's been up to here!
"The amoebalike ensemble, which sometimes seems to swell to include the entire audience of 1,800 citizens, does unusually fine work: a crucial element in a play about the manipulation of crowds" - The New York Times [Julius Caesar]
"This surging Roman mob has real numbers, and its fickle allegiances to one demagogic political figure after another makes it genuinely frightening" - Variety [Julius Caesar]
"When Billie’s sister steps up to help her, she’s shot, too. When Luke Cage allows melodrama to work into its favor, it is largely successful " - Vulture [Ep. "The Main Ingredient"]
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