Bio

Melinda Sewak (née Melinda Paul) is a Nashville-based actor and singer. She most recently appeared in Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Avenue Q as Gary Coleman.

Melinda was raised by Haitian immigrant parents in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She attended Yale University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies.

The day after she graduated she started fire academy, working as a firefighter and research coordinator in Maryland and DC. After a year, she began medical school at Meharry Medical College. She completed two years of instruction then two years of critical care research at Vanderbilt University before realizing she was more excited about healing through storytelling than medicine.

She left medicine to return to acting in 2017, and has since been seen on numerous Nashville stages. In addition to stage acting, Melinda can be heard narrating Chip Gaines’ audiobook Capital Gaines, and as the voice of Myra Hanover in the audio drama podcast Boom. She can also be seen as Morwana in the independent film Day 7 as well as in various commercials and industrials.

Melinda is additionally a board member for Verge Theater Company, Heirloom School of the Arts, and Tennessee Theatre Association. She is a certified personal trainer, a professional tutor, and an educator. She lives in Nashville with her husband Justin, her daughter Ripley, their dog Bella, and their cats Pixie and Spooky.