With over a decade working as a writer and story editor on reality series and factual television in addition to an award-winning collection of comedic shorts, Melissa brings an expert sensibility to film-making, editing, and writing cohesive and compelling story complete with dramatic and hilarious story beats.
Melissa's select post-production credits include five seasons of Rich Bride Poor Bride, Cake Walk, and Our Family Vacation for Buck Productions, Slice and Alliance, as well as the viral internet shorts Wolverine vs. Gladiator, Kinder Surprise for Girls, and Man of Steel Song, which won the Silver Dragon at the DragonCon Film Festival in Atlanta.
Melissa is also an award-winning Theatre actor, writer and producer, well known for her performances as the character Lupe, which garnered her a Canadian Comedy Award Nomination. Melissa has worked with Nightwood Theatre, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, and as a mentor for the A.M.Y. Project, Theatre Revolve, Women on Screen, and the Paprika Festival. Her original live work has been featured at the Rhubarb Festival, the UNO Festival, Harbourfront Centre and Luminato. Most recently, Melissa starred in the SummerWorks hit, Beautiful Man, written by Erin Shields, directed by Andrea Donaldson.
As a Theatre producer, Melissa has presented over 10 live productions since 2008, including co-producing the Toronto Premiere of The Motherfucker with the Hat (2 TTCA Awards, 2 Dora nominations, 1 Dora win) with Diana Bentley through their company Bob Kills Theatre.
As a screenwriter and filmmaker, Melissa is the recipient of the 2015 Cayle Chernin Media Arts Award for her film The Female Front.
She is currently producing and starring in the series Tactical Girls. She is also the Executive Project Consultant on the latest film by First Take Entertainment (Breakaway, Dr. Cabbie).
An accomplished coach and teacher, Melissa has been a regular instructor at the Toronto Film School, and a guest sessional instructor at the University of Toronto and Max the Mutt School of Animation. She is also the Executive Director of M:Squared Lab Production Resources, a training centre for actors, writers, producers and editors.