(vic)toria

middle eastern
storyteller

Victoria (Vic) Melkonyan is a West Asian artist based in both Sacramento and Long Beach. Through the lens of actor, director, and writer, Victoria actively pursues, uplifts, and creates stories for and by People of the Global Majority. They are an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Theatre Performance and studied with the SITI Company in 2019. Through both their art and activism, they hope to increase visibility for SWANA (MENA) and all who are absent from the mainstream in various performance/storytelling mediums. They are very excited by the awakenings happening currently between the masses and hope to aid in bringing a sense of revolution and radicalization to the spaces they occupy. 
 
As part of their tenure as Artistic Director of Theatre Threshold, Victoria produced many topical works such as LatinX, Out of Silence, Growing Up Gay, etc. as well as devising and directing 11.03.2020, and performing in Venus in Fur and devised piece Generation XYZ. Victoria also originated the role of Calypso in Take the Stage Productions’ Rover the Bear. Most recently, Victoria’s play CHEETOS, CHAI, AND CHANCE was produced by Streamlight Theatre as part of their Festival of Healing. Currently, they serve as the Director of Outreach & Education at Thumbprint Studios and curate the monthly play reading event Thumbprint Reads & Listens, focusing on expanding the canon and highlighting underrepresented voices. During the length of this pandemic, they turned to online platforms to organize/educate those within her reach about social justice. From the very beginning of their artistic career and education, Victoria has made it a point to face systemic issues head on and embraced the art of calling in and calling to action in everything that they do.