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Mel Purves’ journey into technical theatre started at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in the mid-1990s. As a trained musician, her advanced score reading skills quickly took her into the world of opera and ballet. Mel’s freelance career saw her undertake stage and company management roles at Wexford Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Zuid, European Opera Centre, The Royal Ballet and the Royal Northern College of Music, before starting at RADA in late 2018 as the Academy’s Production Manager. Mel was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director of Technical Training, with responsibility for running RADA’s stage management programme, before taking up her current position in August 2020.

Alongside her theatre credits, Mel’s maintained a successful portfolio of freelance music commissions, most notably having written for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, UK Eurovision, Royal Ballet Education, BBC Radio 4 and Corinne Bailey Rae.