M. Annis
Brooklyn, NY
Playwright, Director, Producer and Theater Maker - Cymraes

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 Rosalind Productions, Primary Stages, Parity Productions, The Lark with Dorset Theater Festival at the Theresa Rebeck Writers Colony, Clutch Productions, BMG, Parsnip Ship, The New School, ESPA*Drills, 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 2022 at Playwrights Horizons, NYC.

TV and Commercial writing include; Jessy & Nessy (Amazon Studios), Trader Joe's Frequent Flyer segments, and Conde Nast online videos.  Mêlisa was lead writer on radio series For Spacious Skies which was awarded the True West Award, CO.  Mêlisa's short play for Zoom,"Beginnings" was awarded the Spirit of The Festival Award, 2021, Ireland. 


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 - winner of the Henry Award for best 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.


Margo - Female, 50's John - Male, 50's Daniel - Male, 30's
Ivy - Female, 40's Ron - Male, 40's Chloe - Female 19
4 male 1 female


Fit For A King - published by Fourth Wall Review (2014)

Aberfan - published in Clockhouse Literary Journal (2014)

Fordham Summer Fellowship (for continued writing, 2014)

Margaret Lamb Prize for Fiction (2014)