Hi, I’m Melissa. I’m an award-winning actor, writer and producer with over 15 years experience in theatre, film, television and digital media.

I’ve been obsessed with musical theatre and film since I first watched Judy Garland look wistfully to the sky and sing about rainbows and bluebirds. A maker of both film and theatre, I love to collaborate with artists to craft stories that inspire, entertain and challenge audiences. My projects have travelled the world; I’m grateful that sometimes I’ve even got to go with them!

My theatre work includes collaboration with Nightwood TheatreCanadian StageTarragon Theatre, and as a mentor for the A.M.Y. ProjectTheatre RevolveWomen on Screen, and the Paprika Festival.  My original live work has been featured at the Rhubarb Festival, the UNO FestivalHarbourfront Centre and Luminato and garnered me a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for best solo show.

Along with an incredible group of theatre artists, I co-created the controversial play, Daughter.  After a Toronto premiere at The Theatre Centre, the show went on an  international tour, was nominated for 4 Dora Awards and received rave reviews at the prestigious Sydney Fest and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It recently had a run at the Battersea Arts Centre in London and has been published with Nick Hern Books.

I won a Canadian Screen Award for my performance in the digital series, Tactical Girls; the Cayle Chernin Media Arts award for my film script, The Female Front, which went on to be shortlisted at the Sundance International Script Lab; and my digital short Man of Steel Song won the Silver Dragon at the DragonCon Film Festival in Atlanta.

In 2018 I launched the international film festival streaming site, Highball.TV, a co-venture with my partner Matt Campagna. We have collaborated on over a dozen film and digital projects through our production company Goldstrike Pictures.

Most recently, I had the privilege of starring the post-apocalyptic western films Six Days to Die and Six Guns for Hire, which I also co-directed with Matt Campagna. My next project is the feature film Mother of All Shows, co-written by myself and David James Brock, which will be my film directorial debut.