By day Melisa Martin delivers employment education for non-profit organisation the Young Workers Resource Centre; and by night she is a playwright, poet, director for the stage, and Artistic Manager for non-profit theatre collective BlackBox Creative and its inclusive-theatre sidekick LOUD Creative.
Aside from working on stage shows, Mel has filled the role of Secretary for the Musikmakers board, volunteers her stage management services to The Meteor theatre, and has dipped her fingertips in many a pie with over 30 shows under her belt, in various production roles. (Click the ‘THEATRE’ tab above!)
Outside of theatre, Mel is a writer of several disciplines. Predominantly she writes plays, and poetry, but has worked writing for television, and dabbles in the occasional short story, and screenplay.
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.
In 2012 Mel was contracted to participate in a development workshop with South Pacific Pictures on Season 5 of TVNZ’s ‘Go Girls’. She also graduated once again with a Graduate Diploma in Communication, and plans to continue writing for the stage, page and screen.
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