I'm an actress, producer and recently turned writer. I trained at The Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2010 and am based in Manchester.
In my spare time you'll catch me discovering new music, hiking, learning to rock climb andwild swimming!
I have bases in London and Ireland.
£15,000 ACE funding
In 2018, Melissa was cast to multi role 4 characters in stage play, Me You Us Them. It was a thrilling experience based on true stories of racism in Northern Ireland.
When George Floyd's murder sparked world wide conversations around racism, Melissa got chatting with Terra Nova's Artistic Director Andrea Montgomery, who wrote and directed the play, about a remount.
So many people in the UK, know nothing about the war and murders that took place in Northern Ireland, ending so recently in 1998. The racism in Northern Ireland has it's own complicated history, so being able to share these stories again, amidst Black Lives Matter is thrilling and essential.
Melissa identifies as Northern Irish and black so being able to tell these stories sits close to her.
Reform Radio Take Over
"If racism is a forward moving escalator, we must walk swiftly in the other direction or we walk in the same direction as racism"
Melissa has been listening to a tonne of podcasts about being mixed race, identity and the important of anti racist work in an effort to be part of that change and as preparation for a 1 hour bi-monthly show on Reform Radio, coming soon. If you're looking for a place to start in your own anti racist journey, I would check out @sophiewilliamsofficial on instagram who offers some great ideas.
On her show, Melissa talks to artists across the board on issues within the arts such as gender equality, bullying and racism, looking for solutions, helping the next generation of artists have a foot up and hoping to create positive changes. A huge part of that journey has been soaking in important reading and podcasts. Melissa lists her must reads/listens below.
April 2020 @photography_zip
Stepping into writing
Taking the brave move to a new city, Manchester, during a pandemic at the of 2020, Melissa explores writing with the new feeling of isolation on her hands. She explores the effects of different relationships on her mental health in TV show format.
At the end of May, she will be exploring her experience of isolation and writing in photograph format with @photography_zip
January 14, 2017
INK’s mission is to give a voice to those rarely heard by inspiring, nurturing and developing skills to create short new plays.
"Ink have provided me with several opportunities over lockdown to record monologues and duologues, some of which have aired BBC Radio Suffolk. Others have been shared privately with the writers to help hone their craft. A fantastic company providing opportunities for artists".
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"Melissa lit up the set with her enthusiasm and inspired the whole cast and crew to do their best work, and immediately after the wrap I couldn't wait to work with her again."
Tommy Gillard, writer/director of Cut From Cloth
"Melissa brought a high level of commitment, professionalism and passion to the role, allied to a deep understanding of the character, and was a joy to work with. Her dedication and eternally positive outlook made the experience of working with her then, and since, a great experience, both creatively and personally."
James Meredith, writer
Work in the last year
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