Melissa Quijano

92 Valdemar Avenue ● Staten Island, New York 10309 ● 917-734-5835 ●


  • Created curriculum to teach fashion design at SIDAC
  • Organized and held the first ever SIDAC Fashion Show
  • Costumed “Waiting for Godot,” a professional theatrical production performed at Wagner College and produced by Sundog Theatre.
  • Research project about Staten Island Folklore entitled, “The Culture of Being Ignored.”


Program Director & Instructor

August 2015 – Present
Staten Island Dance and Art Center
Staten Island, NY
  • Instruct children ages 9-14 in fashion techniques and sewing skills. Conduct classes and workshops on a weekly basis with groups of 10-12 children throughout the year. Create curriculum and gather all supplies within strict budget. Liaise with school owner as well as train and manage class assistants.


April 2016 – Present
Staten Island, NY
  • Assist members seeking employment in resume building and job seeking techniques using internet and software programs such as Resume Hero. Work with members on a one-on-one as well as group workshop basis.

Resident Costumer

February 2016 – Present
Sundog Theatre
Staten Island, NY
  • Arrive to classroom at designated times to account for and measure children in program. Collect, organize, and alter costumes to fit the theme of the program and sizes of the children.

Editorial Manager

March 2015 – March 2016
Family Publications
New York, NY
  • Researched, wrote, and prepared information about children’s field trip destinations for online and print publication. Managed team of two in preparing to publish the annual Trip Guide. Update backend of two websites, often using HTML.


Bachelor of Arts – Creative Writing & History

February 2015


Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY



  • Best in Borough in Fiction & Drama, 2011



  • Extremely proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Familiar with both Windows and Apple operating systems. Familiar with web-building services like WordPress. Able to easily use most modern sewing machines and overlock machines.