Melissa DuPrey

Melissa DuPrey

Actor and comic, Melissa DuPrey, is a Chicago native from Humboldt Park. After earning double Bachelor degrees from the University of Houston, she returned to Chicago to join the all-Latina theatre company, Teatro Luna. Her one-woman show, SEXomedy, was developed during their monthly series for women of color in the arts and received a Chicago Reader Recommendation, a Member's Pick, and had a successful...
Actor and comic, Melissa DuPrey, is a Chicago native from Humboldt Park. After earning double Bachelor degrees from the University of Houston, she returned to Chicago to join the all-Latina theatre company, Teatro Luna. Her one-woman show, SEXomedy, was developed during their monthly series for women of color in the arts and received a Chicago Reader Recommendation, a Member's Pick, and had a successful debut Off-Broadway in New York. Her second solo show, SUSHI-frito, has also been critically acclaimed as part of MPAACT's Signature Series for solo artists. Her subsequent solo works SEXomedy 2.0 and Good Grief are currently in development. She was selected as a new talent for the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase in New York City. She has performed stand-up comedy in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. She is a featured actor in the Emmy-nominated web-series Brown Girls. Regional Theatre credits include: Tilikum (Sideshow Theater Company), The Compass (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Luna Gale (Goodman Theatre). Other theatre credits include American Beauty Shop (Chicago Dramatist), SUSHI-frito (Free Street Theatre), Adoration of the Old Woman (Urban Theatre Company), and A Citizen’s Anthology (Inconvenience Theatre), Forecast (ICAH/MCA), and PUTAS! (Teatro Luna). Film credits include: Two in the Bush (2017), The Way We Speak (2014), and Bromance(2014). TV credits include appearances on “Chicago PD” (NBC), and “The Chi” (Showtime). She is currently an Ensemble Member at UrbanTheater Company, and the General Manager of Free Street Theater.

As a stand-up comic, Ms. DuPrey has performed in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and various reputable venues throughout Chicago such as Zanies, Riddles, Second City's UP Comedy Club, Mikey O Comedy Show, and The Abbey Pub. Ms. DuPrey has also been a regular guest on WGN's late-night radio show hosted by Comedian Patti Vasquez and a guest performer/panelist at the National Hispanic Leadership Summit. As a musician and active member of her community, she is dedicated to the preservation of Puerto Rican culture by way of the folkloric music, Bomba y Plena, with Africaribe and Las BomPleneras. She hopes to continue creating and producing projects that fuse elements of theatrical storytelling with stand-up comedy.

Plays

  • Brujaja
    Living above a botanica her entire life, Ife is no stranger to Santeria. When the medical industry and systemic oppression prove to be all too strong of an enemy, where does brujeria fit into the resistance. In this paly, an accidental witch heads down a path of using Brujeria for health hacks and healing, but quickly discovers
    its true power.
  • SUSHI-frito
    An Adobo girl in a salt and pepper world, Melissa Duprey takes us on a journey of her intersectional identity in her second critically acclaimed solo show, SUSHI-frito. This installment is a cultivation of the professional and personal life of a young, single Latina trying to make sense of it all. While juggling a career, family, and pressures to end singledom, she tells the tales of her experience as a modern...
    An Adobo girl in a salt and pepper world, Melissa Duprey takes us on a journey of her intersectional identity in her second critically acclaimed solo show, SUSHI-frito. This installment is a cultivation of the professional and personal life of a young, single Latina trying to make sense of it all. While juggling a career, family, and pressures to end singledom, she tells the tales of her experience as a modern woman with old-school traditions. From dating to reclaiming white spaces, from health hacks to self-sabotage, we discover the real struggles of being a Neo-Latina. And of course... que dice ABUELA!
  • SEXomedy
    SEXomedy, a brave new show that fuses the worlds of stand-up comedy and theatrical story-telling. In this bold production of one woman's attempt to reveal her truth about sex, Melissa DuPrey unveils her many tales of frustration, surprises, and pleasures in the bedroom. From preparing to do the deed to the hassles of dating, from shaving to Abuela's consejitos, Melissa dares to share what your Mama...
    SEXomedy, a brave new show that fuses the worlds of stand-up comedy and theatrical story-telling. In this bold production of one woman's attempt to reveal her truth about sex, Melissa DuPrey unveils her many tales of frustration, surprises, and pleasures in the bedroom. From preparing to do the deed to the hassles of dating, from shaving to Abuela's consejitos, Melissa dares to share what your Mama never told you about sex... especially how to deal with it in 2013. In this in-your-face solo performance, you will find yourself laughing, blushing, and screaming for more! Women love it, men love it, and you just might learn a thing or two to improve your bedroom skills...Come see what Chicago has been raving about in the raw and edgy comedy of sexual errors, SEXOMEDY