Mel Dodge has an MA in Acting from ArtsEd, London. She has worked in most of New Zealand’s major theatres over the past twelve years. Mel's credits include Uncle Vanya (for which she won the 2007 Chapman Tripp Actress of the Year Award and The Listener Actress of the Year), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Rabbit and Mammals at Circa Theatre. Who Needs Sleep Anyway and No Moa for Downstage Theatre. Emma, My Heart is Bathed in Blood, (The Listener Actress of the Year 2006) The Country Wife, Kiwifruits and Shop Till You Drop for the Fortune Theatre. Blackbird and The Perfumed Garden for The Court Theatre. Credits for independent companies include Father Familiar, Collected Stories, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Power and Persuasion-Selections from Shakespeare, Everloving Friends and Waiting for Godot. She has worked for children’s theatre companies Kidzstuff and Fairy Trina Productions performing the role of Fairy Lily in outdoor theatre performances for four years. Mel has taught acting to both adults and children at professional and community levels. In London she studied voice with Cecily Berry. Since moving to Melbourne she has played the role of Ruth for the Eagle’s Nest Theatre production of Cosi and performed in Jane Austen is Dead and See you at the Wake as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. She has a production company called BRAVE for which she has written and performed Jane Austen is Dead, Steel Ballerina, Fight or Flight, The 1/4 Pounding and Anything to Declare which toured to the Edinburgh fringe in 2006.