Melanie is a freelance writer and theatre director. Her play Responsible Other was staged at Hampstead Theatre in June 2013 and received four star reviews from The Times, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Time Out and What’s On Stage.
Whilst her own background is writing for performance, she works across all disciplines including prose and poetry. Melanie studied at UEA – which has a long-established international reputation in literary studies – before completing a master’s degree in Text and Performance at RADA. She then refined her skills on the Young Playwright’s Scheme at Chichester Festival Theatre and is a graduate of the Channel Four Screenwriter’s Initiative.
Melanie developed three major projects, staged in 2017, with the support of the National Theatre Studio, Royal Court, Wellcome Trust and Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
Melanie’s classes are fun and very interactive – made up of a mixture of writing, talking and listening. She encourages students to look at their writing and consider what is working and what is not, and to help them recognise their own individual taste and reflect that in their work.