Melanie Hoopes has toured the country with four different solo shows that examined the Holocaust, immigration, evangelism and most recently, eating disorders. Her solo show, Weight, based on over fifty interviews with women weighing 70 to 1000 pounds, was featured at the New York International Fringe Festival. She holds a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and a Master's degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU focusing on performance, education and food studies. While at NYU, she worked with the Creative Arts Team as an Actor/Teacher devising and facilitating theater-based workshops on violence prevention and HIV awareness to public high school students in NYC. Melanie's most recent project is Laurie Stanton's Sound Diet, a radio show taped live at the Magnet. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.