Playwright / Director
Producer / Theater Maker / Educator / Cymraes (Welsh Woman)
Of Spacious Skies - A Radio Series
Winner of the True West Awards, CO, 2021
Of Spacious Skies is an audio drama anthology series set in the American west, with stories spanning eras and genres. "It’s a fair bet that no one has envisioned, planned and pulled off a creative endeavor as expansive as “Of Spacious Skies.” –John Moore
Created for ZOOM, 2020
produced by AboutFace Theater - Winner of the Spirit of the Festival Award, 2021, Origin New York Irish Festival
DIRECTOR - CYFARWYDDWRAIG
A Selection of Work
As a director Mêlisa adores working with playwrights on new play, from the table read to the workshop to realizing it on stage. Mêlisa has also directed a whole host of Musicals, and Site Specific Productions. Please contact for a full resume.
A LITTLE ABOUT MÊLISA
Mêlisa is an award winning playwright (Parity Commission Winner, Margaret Lamb Prize), and as a playwright her plays have been developed and presented at and with Primary Stages, Parity Productions, The Lark and Dorset Theater Festival at the Theresa Rebeck Writers Colony, The New School, ESPA*Drills (2014), The Lark, The National Arts Club NYC, The Playground Experiment, Rattlestick Theater (Jam).
Upcoming: A new musical "The King's Wife" written with Grammy Award Nominee Jamie Floyd (you can follow us on instagram @thekingswifemusical and hear some songs from the show!). The musical will be receiving a reading in 2021 at Playwrights Horizons, NYC.
Mêlisa is currently the lead writer on a new radio play series Of Spacious Skies for the The Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.
TV and Commercial writing include; Jessy & Nessy (Amazon Studios), Trader Joe's Frequent Flyer segments, and Conde Nast online videos.
As a director, Mêlisa has had the pleasure of working with and at; Red Bull Theater, NYC (Something in The Ground by Theresa Rebeck), Primary Stages, NYC (A Walk With Heifetz, The Clinic, A Christmas Carol), The Ambassadors Theatre Group, London (Tom & Jerry Vs Fred Quimby by James Inverne), The Arcola Theater, London (Remember the Future by Yasmine Lever), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center CO (Matilda, the Musical), Athena Film Festival NYC (Lucky 13 by Denise Meyers), Shadowland Stages (The Night Alive, Mystery of Love & Sex, Disgraced), Rattlestick Theater NYC (Various Readings), Clutch Productions at HERE Art Space NYC (The Worth of Water), Tangent Theater NY (Circle Mirror Transformation), Queens College NYC (Hairspray, Xanadu, Mary Poppins), Rebellious Subjects NYC (Henry V, Twelfth Night), The Playground Experiment NYC, New York University NYC, Theater Masters FL.
Personal essays have been published in several major publications (The Western Mail, Cara, Dinesydd, Salon, HowlRound), and she is a frequent contributor to the BBC, BBC Wales, BBC Radio Wales.
Mêlisa also teaches at the NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing program in NYC.
Mêlisa is also a fluent Welsh speaker. Diolch am ddod i'r wefan.
Mêlisa has been lucky enough to use her skills from a previous life managing, coordinating and producing for TV, events and Galas to pivot during this crazy year into producing a whole lot more. Some details below.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY THERESA REBECK
Shot during the pandemic, a feature length film with some incredible actors of TV, Film and Stage. I can't wait to share. Produced by: Theresa Rebeck, Andrew Carlberg, Alysia Reiner, David Basch, Mêlisa Annis.
THE WAVES IN QUARANTINE
BY LISA PETERSON.
A musical in 6 movements. Presented by Berkeley Rep Theater, Written and Directed by Lisa Peterson, Created by Lisa Peterson and Raúl Esparza. Featuring: Raúl Esparza, Nikki Renée Daniel, Alice Ripley, Carmen Cusack, Many Narayan. Music by David Bucknam and Adam Gwon.
Cysylltwch a fi
Sometimes I'm in a writing cave, other times I'm in rehearsal... In other words, I'm not the fastest at getting back to you, so feel free to prod me.