Maryellen Molfetta

Maryellen Molfetta

Maryellen can't remember a time when she wanted to be anything other than an actor, singer and performer. At the age of 6 she saw her first movie, The Wizard of Oz. That film and Dorothy’s voice touched something inside her that at that age she couldn’t quite name, a passion that has been alive ever since. Maryellen believes in the power of performance and collaboration to create connection, and commonality in a world where loneliness is all too prevalent. Whether playing a Shakesperean heroine or a modern day woman, Maryellen believes that the human experience is what brings us together: it is our original binding.

Maryellen began her long and winding road as a performer in a Fifth Grade production of Cinderella where she played, you guessed it, a clumsy stepsister. She grew up in a house with a father who was an avid opera, Broadway and classical music fan, a love that was passed down to his daughter. Maryellen split her time in high school attending both an academic public school and the Syosset High School for the Performing Arts, where she studied music. Classes ranged from vocal technique to history of music and music theory. When the time came for college the choice was either Boston University as a Vocal Performance major or NYU as a Theater major. Maryellen chose New York City and the bright lights of Broadway, and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in theater. Along the way she had the privilege to work with many amazing teachers: it was her work with Michael Potts and the study of Shakespeare that helped shape the next phase of her career. After falling in love with Shakespeare’s language and emotional depth, Maryellen was accepted to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. It was here that the power of collaboration and ensemble acting helped Maryellen grow in her understanding of what constitutes good creative work.

After graduating NYU, Maryellen discovered that waiting tables in order to act had become waiting tables in order to make money, and decided she would rather be a starving artist than a wealthy waitress. So after a five year absence from performing, Maryellen dedicated herself to her original dream. Since that time she has played many diverse and challenging roles. Favorites include: Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, (where she first met and had the pleasure of acting with Tom Slot) Ophelia in Hamlet, Viola in Twelfth Night, and most recently Catherine in Proof directed by Tony winner Brian Macdevitt. Musical credits include Laurie in Oklahoma, The Stepmother in Into the Woods, and The Mute in The Fantastics.

From 2009-2011 Maryellen was a full time company member with Theater Three. She toured tri-state area schools as part of the educational company with Class Dismissed: The Bullying Project, (Julie Albertson) and From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust (Rachel Gold). Working with the children she met, and running “talk backs“ with the classes made it even clearer to Maryellen that theater has the power to heal souls and touch lives.

Maryellen was a part of both the 2009 and 2011 mountings of Father of Songs. She also originated the role of Leslie Jade in the 2012 reading of Farewell to Sanity and Other Irrational Constructs. Maryellen is excited to be a part of Original Binding, a group filled with talented, passionate, caring artists, whose vision inspires her everyday