Renata Melillo Townsend
Harlem Renaissance High School, Manhattan
Renata Melillo Townsend is a performer, educator and applied theater practitioner that has worked in arts education for over 15 years. She has performed and taught internationally with the likes of The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Education, St. Anne’s Warehouse, The Park Avenue Armory, CENTERSTAGE, Co/LAB and Circle in the Square Theatre School. She is a performer and The Head of Enrichment for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company and serves on the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She has facilitated applied theater workshops at the Doe Fund and Hour Children, job development programs for people who are homeless and who have been affected by the criminal justice system. She holds a BFA in Acting from University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree in Applied Theater from City University of New York, School of Professional Studies.