Shaped by a childhood gender-bending in theatres of suburban Dallas, Melanie found freedom challenging the gender binary early. Her latest short film, DRESS CODE (writer/dir./supporting), was recently featured on NBC Palm Springs; described as "a smart and affecting look at gender identity." Watch her interview with NBC Film Critic Manny dela Rosa HERE. Starring Lauren Lane (THE NANNY), it has screened at festivals internationally including NewFest and Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival (2021 Audience Award).
Melanie used to do stand-up in Austin for audiences of no more than 6 people, 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 (Official Selection Lighthouse International Film Festival, Second Rounder AFF Screenplay Competition). Upon moving to Brooklyn, 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 she got her start as a playwright and where her first full-length play, BURNING AND DODGING, was produced. Her latest projects are the CHOKE ARTIST half-hour pilot and a feature psychodrama about young actors discovering their boundaries in devastating ways. She lives in Los Angeles.
Photo by Arin Sang-urai
2010 - present
2010 - present