Melanie is a native Texan with New York roots that begged her to return. She's compelled to explore urgent uncomfortable truths from her lens as a queer Jewish storyteller. Her latest short, DRESS CODE (writer/director/supporting), follows an introverted poetry student who experiments with her image in an effort to be seen. Recent screenings include Twin Cities Film Festival and NewFest presented by HBO. Melanie played the lead in the short film JO directed by Justine Williams (Yale School of Drama). The film focuses on a day in the life of a grieving teen exploring her possible queerness while preparing, not well, for her Bat Mitzvah.

 

Prior to her move to the north, Melanie wrote, directed, and starred as an anxious comedian in the short film CHOKE ARTIST. It screened at Lighthouse International Film Festival among others. Melanie is the co-writer of BROOKLYN NO-NAMES, a heartfelt comedy produced Off-Broadway in the SheNYC Summer Theater Festival. She starred in the production with co-writer Marisa Jones, and it was awarded Best Script of the 2018 festival. 

 

Melanie has trained with Joan Scheckel, Bob Krakower, and Sally Allen. She's skilled in Meisner, "The Style" (The Actor's Gang), Fitzmaurice, and Rasa boxes. Melanie lives in Brooklyn and is currently developing the CHOKE ARTIST half-hour comedy pilot. Texas State University: B.F.A. Acting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 - present

2010 - present