Dunphy, 25, is an Australian who landed in Harrisburg via her boyfriend, Matt, who is now her husband of two years.
"I fell in love with Pennsylvania," she said of her first visit to the midstate in 2002.
In her home nation of 20 million people, Dunphy said, jobs in the performing arts and mass media are tough to come by. Oddly enough, she had better luck finding work in the small American city of Harrisburg than she did in her native Sydney.
She was cast as a fairy in Gamut's production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" last summer and also played in "The Tempest" last winter and "Henry V" this year. She made a favorable impression that led to an offer of full-time employment.
"I jumped at the chance," Dunphy said.
"Melissa is really talented, and she brings a lot of new talents to the company we've not had before," said Melissa Nicholson, who co-founded Gamut in 1993 with her husband, Clark, and serves as the company's managing director.
Among those talents is Web page design, and Dunphy already is in the process of remaking the Gamut site.
No! I said I fell in love with a Pennsylvanian, not Pennsylvania. Gah! Big difference!