Melissa is an actor, director, choreographer, playwright and teacher. Painted Bread, Melissa’s full length play about the life of Frida Kahlo, was voted “Best New Play” by the Denver Post. She was commissioned by the Jewish Community Center to write Poignant Irritations, about the life of Gertrude Stein (“Best Local Playwright” by Westword), and commissioned by Bonnie Metzgar to write for The War Anthology at Curious Theatre Co. Her one act play, Carlene Yakkin is a recipient of the Steven Dietz award. Her critically acclaimed play Lost Creatures was produced by And Toto Too Theatre Company and was nominated for a Henry award. She currently teaches dramatic writing for Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop.