Painted Bread, Melissa’s full-length play about the life of Frida Kahlo, was voted “Best New Play” by The Denver Post. She was commissioned by the Jewish Community Center to write Poignant Irritations, about the life of Gertrude Stein (“Best Local Playwright” by Westword), and commissioned by Bonnie Metzgar to write for The War Anthology at Curious Theatre Co. Her one-act play, Carlene Yakkin is a recipient of the Steven Dietz award. Her critically acclaimed play Lost Creatures was produced last November by And Toto Too Theatre Company and was nominated for a Henry award. She currently teaches playwriting for Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and the Denver Center Theatre Company.