Born and raised in Oamaru, Melinda has been performing since age four, training in tap and modern dance, and competing in tap-dancing competitions throughout the country.
She has performed in productions and concerts throughout the Otago region for over 10 years, during that time gaining a degree in Computer Programming whilst studying performing arts on the side, and working On-Air/Promotions at The Radio Network.
Melinda continued to perform after a move to Auckland in 2011 and was most recently seen as Cynthia in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert for Showbiz Christchurch. She is excited to return to Christchurch to make her debut at The Court Theatre in this season of Chicago. Other musical theatre credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (North Shore Musical Theatre) for which she was nominated Best Leading Actress; Miss Saigon (North Shore Musical Theatre & Dunedin Operatic); Avenue Q (Manukau Performing Arts); Anything Goes (Auckland Music Theatre); The Producers; CATS; Chicago; Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Cabaret (Dunedin Operatic); and The Full Monty (Epiphany Productions).
Melinda continues to work in theatre, film and as a voice artist whenever possible, most recently working on the international feature film Meg while also juggling work as a registered dental hygienist/dental therapist.
- 2017 - Chicago - Annie