Melissa Ogren-Benson (Clairee)



Melissa Ogren-Benson (Clairee) has been acting in the New Orleans area for over thirty years. She returns to her role in Steel Magnolias as the witty Clairee, having played her in Cutting Edge Theater’s production in 2013. She was most recently seen onstage at Cutting Edge Theater as Sonia in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, as well as Belles, Mrs. Levinson and Timothy in The Divine Sister, Mrs. Stanclyffe in Sex Please, We’re Sixty, and Marietta Claypool in Regrets Only. Around town at other venues, Melissa enjoyed her singing debut in Midlife , The Crisis Musical and Don’t Hug Me We’re Married. Notable roles for Melissa have been Jean-Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Marge/Madge in Marriage Can Be Murder at Le Café de Bon Temps, as well as Chris Gorman in SLT’s Rumors. She is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her very talented, long-time “theatre friends.” Melissa would like to thank her husband, Kirk, for all his love and support even though they would rather “play” together on stage. She thanks Brian and Richard for their consistant hard work at making theater a prized gem on the Northshore. Melissa is an audiobook narrator. Find her on