Shaped by a childhood gender-bending in theatres of suburban Dallas, Melanie (she/they) found freedom challenging the gender binary early. Their latest short film, Dress Code (writer/dir./supporting), is featured on Girls in Film (GiF), NoBudge, and Vimeo Staff Channel: LGBTQIA+ Voices. NBC film critic Manny Dela Rosa called the project "a smart and affecting look at gender identity." Watch her interview with Manny HERE. Dress Code played at numerous festivals internationally including NewFest, CINEMQ (Shanghai) and Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival (2021 Audience Award).
Melanie used to do stand-up in Austin for audiences of 10 people max, defining her voice after coming out as queer in the South. Working as a bar host at the time, daydreaming at the host stand paid off when she got the idea to write, direct, and star as a severely anxious comedian in her debut short, Choke Artist (Lighthouse International Film Festival, Second Rounder AFF Screenplay Competition). Upon moving to New York, she co-wrote and played 7 roles in tornadic comedy Brooklyn No-Names Off-Broadway - awarded Best Script at the 2018 SheNYC Festival.
Melanie is an alum of Joan Scheckel's Filmmaking Series (Action Lab). They have a B.F.A. in Acting from Texas State University, where they also studied playwriting and had their first full-length play, Burning and Dodging, produced. Melanie lives in LA and is working on a feature coming-of-age drama about actors discovering their boundaries in devastating ways.
Photo by Arin Sang-urai
2010 - present
2010 - present