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Shaped by a childhood gender-bending in the theatre, Melanie found freedom challenging the gender binary early. Her intimate short film, DRESS CODE (writer/director/supporting), was recently featured on NoBudge, where it was described as "a character study about gender identity." Watch & read her interview with NoBudge HERE. Featuring Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock, THE NANNY), the film continues to reach audiences internationally, from NewFest (NYC) to underground queer collective CINEMQ (Shanghai, China) in March 2021. 


Melanie wrote, directed, and starred as a severely anxious comedian in her debut short CHOKE ARTIST (Official Selection Lighthouse International Film Festival). She co-wrote and played 7 erratic roles in BROOKLYN NO-NAMES Off-Broadway – Best Script winner of the 2018 SheNYC Festival. 


Melanie is an alum of Joan Scheckel's Filmmaking Series (Action Lab). She graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Acting from Texas State University – where her first full-length play, BURNING AND DODGING, was produced. Her latest projects are the CHOKE ARTIST half-hour pilot and currently, a feature drama about young people discovering boundaries – in devastating ways. She lives in Los Angeles.








Photo by Arin Sang-urai

2010 - present

2010 - present