“MELINDA BUCKLEY is a very accomplished, whip-smart solo show writer, performer, director and teacher — whose sharp nose for story, keen director’s eye and warm, caring heart can’t be beat. She’ll help you zero in on the parts of your life story that will make a killer one-person play, and then give you the tools and support you need to make it a smash success!” 

—  Matt Hoverman, founder of GO-SOLO

Believe in the power of ONE

The Power of ONE story

A well told story - your story - can change lives. Because there’s someone out there who needs to hear it. 

Our goal is to help you discover your story and learn how to best tell it. 

That’s how we change the world:  ONE story, ONE person, ONE life at a time.



I’m Melinda Buckley, a Broadway performer and stand up comedian who’s written and performed several solo shows in NYC. (For information on my  nationally seen solo show memoir, Mother and Me, visit motherandmetheplay.com) Recently, I served as the associate artistic director of Go-Solo.org with Matt Hoverman, NYC’s premiere solo show teacher and philosophy. Now I am excited to offer a series of classes and workshops for both aspiring and seasoned solo performers.

If you’re new to our solo community and would like to learn more about our curriculum, positive teaching philosophy or anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How It Works

At ONE UP! Solo, we break down the process and we build on strengths.

Through a series of fun writing and improv exercises: 

  • We’ll explore structure and provide concrete storytelling tools

  • We'll encourage deep dives into your own creative impulses

  • We’ll help craft a polished and exciting performance

  • And finally, we’ll touch on pitching, marketing and finding opportunities for your show


Zoom In! Solo

This Fall we are offering each of the below classes digitally as part of our

online redesign. Let's face it, our stories haven't stopped so neither should we. Now is a perfect time to zoom in to your story and take it to the next level!

ONE UP! Starter

For students who want to kick off an idea for a solo show while focusing on a solid story structure. This is a 3 week class that mines your impulses through exercises while also introducing successful solo show structure.

ONE UP! Next

For students who have developed an idea and now want to expand it into a longer piece. This is a 7 week class that culminates with a recorded  performance of developed material in front of a supportive audience.*

ONE UP! Ready

For students who have a lot of material and want to develop a solid 40-45 minute solo show that is ‘submission ready’ for festivals and theaters. This 9 week class will also touch on marketing basics and each show will be recorded  in its entirety. *

*Zoom In! Solo Workshop performances will be for invited audiences on a safe digital platform.


One on ONE UP!

My mission is to create a program that fully prepares solo artists and helps them exceed their goals in a caring and supportive environment. Sometimes that means working ONE on ONE. We can do that either in person or via Skype. Get in touch to learn more about how we can fast track your show by working privately.


“The shortest distance between two people is a story.”

— Patti Digh


Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions regarding our new classes or to schedule a short interview! And if you’d like to receive our bi-weekly newsletter with inspirational tips, solo success stories and upcoming performance opportunities, please subscribe below!


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