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Johnny Melville

Born in Leith, Scotland

Attended Royal High School, Edinburgh, Scotland

Attained degree in B.Sc. (Social science) Edinburgh University
100m sprint track-champion of Edinburgh University

1971 - 2
Gained Teaching Certificate from Moray House College Edinburgh

Company-/stage-manager/actor of FREEHOLD THEATRE, London: the 'Beowulf' tour and 'Koolyghin' in 'The Three Sisters' (Checkov), directed by Nancy Meckler.
Performed 'RIFFRAFF' with John Bolton -a late night show at the EDINBURGH Festival
Performer with 'RITUAL THEATRE', (UK) on European tour.
Project leader/tutor of the Summer School for Radical Theatre, Oval House London (including events at Serpentine Gallery, London).

Director/ actor of 'SALAKTA BALLOON BAND', London.

Founder/director/writer/actor of 'KABOODLE Theatre Co', London - toured UK, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece

Premiered first solo show < COME AGAIN > at Festival of Fools, Amsterdam, Holland

Premiered solo show TROUBLESHOOTER at the Festival of Theatre of Nations, Amsterdam.
Played JOHNNY AGAIN in feature film WHAT'S THE BEEF RODO? directed by Hans Joachim Berndt (Filmhaus, Munchen)

Released the record < THE WEE ALBUM > Nurnburg, Germany.

Premiered solo show MEMBERS ONLY at Vienna Festival.
Co-wrote music for/ acted in BLOOD AND CHAMPAGNE directed by Marika Lagercrantz, (Stockholm)

Premiered solo show MEMBERS ONLY at Vienna Festival.
Co-wrote music for/ acted in BLOOD AND CHAMPAGNE directed by Marika Lagercrantz, (Stockholm)
Performed at the Nancy Festival of World Theatre, France.
Workshop leader at the first 3rd World Dance intensive in Vienna.

Studied and performed drumming/dance with Mustapha Tetty Addy in Togo
Performed at the official Adelaide International Festival, Australia
Starred as THEO, in TV film GAME OVER (Austria's entry for the International T.V. Festival of Montreux directed by Peter Saman (ORF TV)
Founder/director/writer/actor of the INTERNATIONALISTS', formulated, wrote, directed and starred in the project < IT DON'T MEAN A THING > for the Theater, am Turm, Frankfurt.

Devised/directed < MUSICAL MONKS > for the International Festival of Cabaret (Homo Ridens) di Bologna, Italy.

Premiered solo show < DIRTY MONEY > as a special project for the 'Off-T.A.T'., Frankfurt, directed by Matt Mitler.

Produced the record < DIRTY MONEY - the ALBUM >, and toured DIRTY MONEY- the show, in Europe.
Performed at the International Festival of Clowns, Tokyo.
Performed at "The JOHNNY MELVILLE FESTIVAL" a ten day retrospective, Aarhus, Denmark, featuring all 5 solo performances.

Appeared in rock video < TIED UP > music single by YELLO.
Directed cabaret performance for Boulevard Theatre, Stockholm.
Master of Ceremonies at Aarhus Rock Festival Orange Stage (Denmark)
Appeared in Commercial for RALLY TV, Stockholm

Played leading role, BERTO, in Italian feature film, "LUNGO IL FIUME", directed by Vanna Paoli. (Corvo Productions, Cine Citta, Rome.)
Premiered THE BEST OF JOHNNY, solo show of Johnny's best acts.
Master of Ceremonies on the 'Orange Stage' at Roskilde Rock Festival (Denmark).

Played leading role, BERTO, in Italian feature film, "LUNGO IL FIUME", directed by Vana Paoli. (Corvo Productions, Cine Citta, Rome.)
Premiered THE BEST OF JOHNNY, solo show of Johnny's best acts.
Master of Ceremonies on the 'Orange Stage' at Roskilde Rock Festival Denmark
Starred as BASTA in feature film "ONCE UPON A DREAM", directed by Dieter Meier (Potocka Prods, Warsaw, Poland/Yello Music, Zurich, Switzerland
Appeared in Commercial for RALLY TV, Stockholm
Performed at JUSTE POUR RIRE ( Just for Laughs) Festival, Montreal, Canada
Featured as THE MISSIONARY in feature film "THE RETURN", directed by Jens Joren Thorsen (Superfilm Prods, Copenhagen)
Played PATTERSON in feature film, "ESCRITO EN LAS ESTRELLAS" directed by Ricard Reguant (Fair Play Prods, Barcelona)
Invited artist as JERRY in episode 2 of "DARK JUSTICE" directed by David Calloway (Lorimar Prods, Los Angeles and TV3, Barcelona Spain.)

Played BASTA in feature film "ONCE UPON A DREAM", directed by Dieter Meier (Potocka Prods, Warsaw, Poland/Yello Music, Zurich, Switzerland)
Starred in and co-wrote BLUEVILLE SERENADE, a rock musical in Amsterdam, Holland.
Directed animation group/performed solo in the Olympic Village for the Olympic Games and the Special Olympic Games, Barcelona, Spain
Appeared in Commercial for RALLY TV, Stockholm

Dr. BUTTER(lead) in 16mm 30 minute movie, "KILLER BERBERECHOS", (BAUSAN FILM Prods., Barcelona) directed by Andres Cruz
Wrote/ acted in short comedy sketches for PINNIC, children's programme, TVE 1, Spain
Performed in Cabaret tent, Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Performed at Just for Laughs' Festival, Montreal, Canada
Master of Ceremonies at Aarhus Festival Spiegel tent, Denmark.
First shoots of feature film SCAPEGOAT,(Dir. Michael Summers)
Performed for the Queen of Denmark at Aarhus Festival

Spent most of the year recovering from a serious accident
Master of Ceremonies at Cabaret Tent, Roskilde Festival.
Writing the project BORIS the DRAGON, a multi-media fantasy.
Directed MEMBERS ONLY for Inter-Kulturel Centre, Aarhus, Denmark.
Appeared in Commercial for RALLY TV, Stockholm

Post-production for "ONCE UPON A DREAM" in Los Angeles.
TV commercial for Sun Alliance Insurance, (London)
Cinema commercial for Teleclub TV Channel, Zurich
Tours of Spain

Played HARLEY(lead) in feature film, "NO MAN'S LAND", directed by Nina Rosenmeier (Flora Danica Film, Copenhagen)
Worked on 'station-identity' shorts for Teleclub, Zurich
Directed Aarhus Artiste-School final production (Denmark)

Director of new show for the group, PORPOL, Vitoria (Spain)
Directed workshop project for Festival of Araia, Spain
Director of the Aarhus Artist School final production (Denmark)
Extra shoots for "NO MAN"S LAND" directed by Nina Rosenmaier (Flora Danica Film, Copenhagen)

Celebrated 50 years on the planet; Celebrated 25 years in show business
Performed for displaced Indians in Chapas, Mexico for 'Clowns without Frontiers
Performed as guest in Mexico City's largest circus at their 100 year anniversary.
Toured Holland, Austria, Switzerland
Premiered MEMBERS ONLY in Spanish at Taraga Festival

Toured EUROPEAN BLUES in Austria, Holland, Spain
TV project in process in connection with Bellissima Channel, Amsterdam
Preliminary stages of planning directing for multi-media project with Sound Venture, Aarhus, DK
Shot commercial for BECEL margerine, Holland
Invited artist at the festival of Mime, Troyes, France.
Studied F.S.P. course 2 and 3 of Pleiadian Lightwork. Gained certificate to teach F.S.P.

Starred as Richard in FAR FROM CHINA a, feature film by director Christian Leigh, Films Copenhagen
Appeared at Festival of Mime. London
Co-lead in a 20-minute 35 mm movie by Geppe Monros, Barcelona
Presenter of the Congress of World Veterinarians before Princess Margriet of Holland.
Guest performance/teacher at the 3rd Congress of Nordic drama.
Finishing shooting/post production for LIGHTMAKER (director Dieter Meier) in Los Angeles for Yello Productions..

Performance for Danish County Councils Conference
Premiere of LIGHTMAKER at Berlin Film Festival Panorama Special
Presenter for Toshiba Medical Systems at the Vienna Medical Congress
Performance at the Freiburger Kultur Messe
Voted BEST ACTOR at Williamsburg Film Festival of Brooklyn, New York City, for the role of Harley in NO MAN'S LAND.

Directing Missing Link Project, premiered november 2002 - production - LOOPS
Main roles in short film by Emil van Zuijlen - GEBROEDERS MOLL (Holland), and the film by Simon Falkentorp The QUARRY (Denmark)
MAYDAY in Jango Edwards pilot 'Thomas Clown Affair'

Performed in Palazzo im Park, Bremen
Acting Charly in CASTINGX a Netherlands film directed by Ad Bol
Appearance TV show on Swiss TV : live from Winthertur Casino
Directing the women's theatre company Mevrouw Bakker
Directed succesful workshop performance project at Oerol festival, Holland
Writing and directing BACKTRACKER - a short movie in western genre.
Released The Warriors of Light New Album - The Rogue Planet
Performed in LA MAMA THEATRE, New York City, with theatre group DZIECI playing the role of TIRESIAS in ' FOOLS MASS' and the DEVIL /CARDINAL RICHELIEU in the production of DEVILS OF LOUDON

Directing the musical comedy group THE PHEASANT PLUCKERS
Acting ' COOK' in the short film LITTLE BROTHER, LITTLE SISTER directed by Greg McQueen, Aarhus Denmark
Co-writing, directing and acting in ITS A WOMAN'S WORLD, at the Oerol festival Terschelling Holland.

Appeared at the Comedy Monster festival. Rome
Tours of Spain, Italy.
Acting DAWSON in the movie WICKED directed by Michael Knighton,
Editing the movie ITS A WOMANS WORLD

Johnny has appeared at theatre festivals in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London, Montreal, Nancy, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vienna, Zurich and many others......
and at film festivals in Cannes, Prague, Cairo, Locarno and Bellinzona. Has been featured in numerous television programs in the USA, Japan, and all over Europe.
He has led workshops and mounted projects in all the above places (and more!) with professional actors, with various amateur groups, with youth groups, with prisoners and probation officers, with pensioners, with kids, with hospital patients and hospital staff
SPECIALS : Director, character actor, clown, mime, singer, chimpanzee expert; alto sax/trumpet...... horse riding, driving, acrobatics, falls, fights (aikido trained) various circus skills.
LANGUAGES : English (all dialects), French, Italian, German, Spanish can communicate in Danish and Swedish, learning Dutch.