Melisa Martin is a Hamilton-born writer of several disciplines. Predominantly she writes plays, and poetry, but is also a qualified journalist, has worked writing for television, and dabbles in the occasional short story, and screenplay.
Mel established herself as a poet in 2009, after organising, and running a successful poetry event at Auckland’s Rannoch, the home of NZ’s largest New Zealand art collection, and patron of the Arts James Wallace. Following that she had several works published in various blogs and webzines, daily newspaper The Manawatu Standard, as well as a piece titled My Brother, Christchurch selected for publication by The New Zealand Herald in the wake of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake.
In 2010, at 23 Melisa was the youngest of ten playwrights selected for Playmarket’s Writer’s Retreat. There she completed her second play, a one-act titled Barefoot on Queen, followed by a successful live reading at The Pumphouse Theatre on Auckland’s North Shore.
During 2011 Mel was signed by Playmarket as a client playwright, and also graduated from the Waikato Institute of Technology with a National Diploma of Journalism, moving into 2012 was again the youngest writer selected to attend the Playmarket Writer’s Retreat.
Whilst on this short residency she finished her third play titled The Last Letter, about a young woman coping with the grief of losing her brother, amongst the stress of dealing with a seemingly doomed, long-distance-internet-relationship, which was shortlisted in 2012 for Auckland Theatre Company’s development series The Next Stage.
Most recently Mel was contracted to participate in a development workshop with South Pacific Pictures on Season 5 of TVNZ’s ‘Go Girls’. She has also just graduated once again with a Graduate Diploma in Communication, and plans to continue writing for the stage, page and screen.
Melisa is currently the Press Secretary for Musikmakers Inc. and is testing her toes in the pool of directing with her production Little Shop of Horrors in 2014.
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