Melissa Western is a Brisbane-based performing artist. Her current performance projects include Barbara & Barry, The Red Stripe Band, The Roaring Twenties, Oh Lady Be Good, Lissa & Nee Nee and top jazz and cabaret outfits. As a singer-actor she has performed in festivals and venues around the world, received countless 5 star reviews for her original shows and is regularly booked by high profile corporate clients including the Office of the Prime Minister and the Queensland’s Premier’s Department.
Melissa was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to pursue her passion for improvised music theatre. In July 2015 she travelled to the UK to embark on an extended sabbatical training with companies including The Showstoppers, Baby Wants Candy, The Maydays and Open Your Mouth and Sing.
Playing the character of Barbara opposite her real life partner Tnee (who plays Barry) has never been more fun! Following an extensive Queensland tour, the jazz-comedy team have been hosting cabarets and events in the UK and Australia, getting to know lots of other crazy characters. Their 2015 season of Sweet, Sour & Saucy at the Judith Wright Centre was nominated for three Matilda Awards, including Best Female Actor in a Leading Role.