Melody Bates ("Helen") is a native Oregonian who currently lives and works in New York City. Recent film credits include Mark Feinsod's Matutinal Reverie, (www.feinsodville.com/MR), and her own first film as writer and director, War of theWorlds: Montessori.

Recent theatre: Wild Animus (International Tour), Ajax: 100% Fun (The Culture Project), The Invention of Tragedy (Classic Stage Co.), Twelfth Night (Stonington Opera House), Robert Woodruff?s Godard: distant and right (NY and Paris), and Andrei Serban?s Caucasian Chalk Circle (La Mama ETC). TV: As the WorldTurns, Guiding Light.

Melody is also a host at www.curioustravelers.com andNational Co-Chair of the satirical organization Billionaires For Bush.

She holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Some fancy credits, right? But none of them compare to the fine luck of meeting Raymond Steers one summer in Portland andgetting to be a part of Sum of the Parts.