Melanie was born in Dallas, TX during the opening monologue of SNL hosted by Nicholas Cage in which his punchlines were the body parts of his recent female co-stars. Shaped by a childhood gender-bending in the theatre, Melanie found freedom challenging the gender binary early. Her intimate short film, DRESS CODE (writer/dir./supporting), was recently featured on NoBudge; described as "a character study about gender identity." Watch & read her interview with NoBudge HERE. Featuring Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock, THE NANNY), it has screened at festivals internationally since 2019 (Latest- underground queer collective CINEMQ (Shanghai) / Upcoming- Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, September 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 – awarded Best Script at the 2018 SheNYC Festival in the East Village.
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 an unsettling feature drama about young people discovering boundaries – in devastating ways. She lives in Los Angeles.
Photo by Arin Sang-urai
2010 - present
2010 - present