One of Give It Mouth’s most dynamic collaborators of this season, Melanie Myers has dedicated the last two decades to creative projects that reveal her broad spectrum of talent as an actor, director and writer.
Though she calls herself a writer, she is trained as a theatre actress, with a string of successes in theatre, including her recent role as Fiona Manton in the Queensland premier of Cruise Control by award-winning playwright David Williamson.
Erudite and rebellious, Melanie sees her creative work as a celebration of the power to change individuals and societies, “That to me is what art should do,” she says.
“ Let’s just say I have an anti-authoritarian streak, which also informs my work. ”
Melanie’s breakthrough doctoral work is set to challenge ideas about the perceived insignificance of the domestic sphere, in which women have traditionally been the main players.
She wants her writing to be a source of emancipation from gender roles and expectations, a preoccupation prevalent in much of her work. She says, “Writers and writing, and women using artistic expression as means of escaping the oppressiveness of domesticity are both strong themes… ”
In 2014 Melanie won the inaugural Political Edge Prize at the 2014 Scarlett Stiletto Awards for her piece called ‘Savage Women’, a story set in 2044 about women forced into hiding since retroactive legislation was introduced to prosecute women who’ve had abortions.
With her strong foundations in the creative industries and her commitment to saying what matters, Melanie is a game-changer. She’s a fresh voice who, with a mix of lived experience and an ear for everything artful and radical, is a perfect collaborator for Give It Mouth.
Photographs: Glenn Hunt