Melissa Caminneci is honored to be a writer/performer at the Magnet. She is also proud to have studied a whole bunch of things at the theater, with amazing instructors including Beth Newell, Armando Diaz, Rick Andrews, Russ Armstrong, Peter McNerney, Frank Spitznagel, and Adam Wade. Since 2011 she has performed sketch, improv, musical improv, storytelling, hip-hop improv, and even poetry on the Magnet's stages.
The two biggest influences on her comedic writing are probably Fyodor Dostoevsky and Francois Rabelais, though she also owes a ton to contemporary masterminds Pendleton Ward and Tina Fey.
Speaking of Tina Fey, she once said in Bossypants that there are two types of comedy writers: Harvard boys and crazy improvisers. Melissa went to Harvard, but 1) she is not a boy and 2) she regrettably does not have a stockpile of jokes about the Hawley-Smoot Tariff or the caning of Charles Sumner. So, she hopes she can make it as a crazy improviser instead.