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Check out my latest publication in Spirit of Change magazine: “Finding Your Mama Tribe: Supporting a New Mother’s Sense of Self”. I’m very proud of it and I hope it inspires women to seek out other new mothers to build a tribe.


Arthur Lessac's Embodied Actor Training

This book situates the work of the renowned voice and movement trainer Arthur Lessac in the context of contemporary actor training as a whole.

Melissa Hurt uses Maurice Merleau-Ponty's theories of embodiment to frame Lessac's approach in terms of Embodied Acting, a key subject in contemporary performance. In doing so, she explains how the actor can come to experience both technique and expression as a subjective whole, through meditation and spatial attunement.

As well as feeding this somatic approach into a wider discussion of embodiment, the author provides concrete examples of how the practice can be put into effect, and studied at university level.


Play with Purpose

The book is a manifesto of hope: using Lessac Kinesensics to activiate and collectively vision an artistic and pedagogical future greated towards human flourishing."

Melissa contributed a chapter to this book.


Coming Spring 2020

My yoga picture book "I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure" will be published by Sounds True Publishing. Readers will embody the animals and elements of the Amazonian Jungle through an intelligent yoga sequence that adults and kids will enjoy alike! I include sanskrit names, anatomical and physiological benefits for all of the poses in the back of the book. This is a fabulous resource for any teacher of kids age preschool to age 10 (yoga teacher or primary teacher) as well as a fun addition to your at-home reading library. More details to come as I have them!