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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: It's Fun-To-Be Yoga" 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!