Mellie has been a freelance scenic designer, predominately in San Francisco, NYC, and Philadelphia designing over 100 productions. Specializing in new works, she has designed over 30 world premieres, over 12 west coast premieres, and countless regional premieres. Her designs have been seen on the stages of the Tony-award winning theatres La Jolla Playhouse and San Francisco Mime Troupe, California Shakespeare Theatre, and Cornerstone Theatre in Los Angeles. In NYC, she has designed at HERE Arts Center, La Mama, 45th Street Theatre, and the Triad. In Philadelphia, she has designed at InterAct and Shakespeare in Clark Park. Her designs and devised works have been seen at The Beijing International Fringe and the Singapore International Fringe. Recently she was nominated for a Barrymore Award for design of Christopher Chen’s Caught in 2015. She is the director of the New Play Design Lab at the Playwrights Foundation (SF), and is a co-founder of Crowded Fire Theater Company (SF). This seventeen year old, award-winning company produces poetic, bold theater created by new and contemporary artists. Recently she cofounded 2by4, a theatre company that combines cross-disciplinary collaboration, intellectual and emotional curiosity, and high quality artistry. Among her many nominations and awards are two San Diego Playbill Awards, two Bay Area Critics Circle nominations, and the honor of Best Set Designer from The East Bay Express.
Mellie received her BFA in Theatrical Production Arts, Concentration in Design from Ithaca College, and her MFA in Scenic Design from UC San Diego. She currently is a professor at Lehigh University, and has taught at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, and Sonoma State University.