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Melissa Schlesinger

CREATIVE MERCENARY

 

Specializing in MacGyvering and Magic

The Art of Storytelling

As a third generation artist I watched my mother and grandmother teach and work with paint brushes in their hands. I was raised with a deep appreciation for fine art, music, theatre, and all art in general. I also had a knack for picking up new talents at the drop of a hat.

I needed a creative home where my many developing skills would be embraced and utilized. I was drawn to the theatre by its versatility. As time went on, I discovered interactive theatre and game design, and in 2015 I co-founded Chicago’s original escape game company – Escape Artistry.

MACGYVERING

When I discovered room escapes, I also found a whole new platform for  storytelling. Casting the audience as the protagonist leads to exciting moments of discovery that, although influenced by the world created around them, ultimately come from within. The story cannot continue without their participation, it’s their story, it’s active. You don’t just soak it in… you live it.

In this business of recreating reality, and creating imaginative new worlds, I have found great purpose in the power of storytelling. I believe that live theatre, art, music, and entertainment create a dynamic shared human experience that can help expand our perspectives and broaden our understanding of the world we live in.

MAGIC

Escape Artistry
Lead Designer,  Founding Member

Gold Point Studio
Art Director, Founding Member

The Plagiarists
Company Member

 

Melissa Schlesinger Reverse Engineer
Reverse Engineering
Melissa Schlesinger Artistic Genius
Drawing
Melissa Schlesinger Object Manipulator
Juggling
Melissa Schlesinger, Creative Mercenary, at your service!
Creative Mercernary, at your service!

 

A VARIETY OF SKILLS TO MEET A VARIETY OF NEEDS
Puzzle Design
Scenic Design
Sound Design
Painting
Drawing
Art Direction
Carpentry
Reverse Engineering