Melissa Mae
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Melissa Mae has had a love for film and theatre since the age of five; appearing in over forty stage productions, commercials and short films.

Melissa Mae has won numerous awards for acting and stage design both in New Zealand and in the United States of America. However, she chose a career in the health and mental health sector and after twenty rewarding years resigned to attend film school in New Zealand and actively pursue film and television producing full-time. 

Now eleven years on, Melissa is an independent producer/ line producer and director with a bucket full of learnings and accomplishments in film & television. Her key strengths lie in an aptitude for quickly gaining an understanding of complex processes and providing innovative solutions, along with high-level proficiency in logistics, operations and planning and a keen understanding of people with an ability to bring the best from them and for them. Melissa is also the National Communications Advisor for CCS Disability Action, managing the communications, branding and media for this large organisation throughout New Zealand. Melissa has continued to be active in local theatre as a director, actor, set designer and stage manager and held a seat on various committees for 16th Avenue Theatre Company in Tauranga. Melissa has produced, production managed and directed multiple television series for broadcast and on-demand, short films, documentaries, corporate video, communication and marketing content for the private and public sector and live theatre productions including: 

Film & Television  

2010 Love inspired by a Mexican Prisoner - short film

2010 Lemonade - short film

2010 More than meets the I - documentary 

2010 The Concert - short film

2010 Regrets - short film

2010 Ripple - short film

2010 Bryan & Bobby Season 3 with Suzy Cato - ten-episode children’s television series for TV FOUR 

2011 Sticky TV  Seasons 9 & 10 - 43 episode children’s television series for TV FOUR 

2012 Kā TV  Season 1 - eight-episode children’s television series for Maori Television

2012 Nice to eat you - short film

2012 The Last Supper - short film (Winner of best screenplay - 50 Kisses Film Awards, London)

2012 Lucky Girl - short Film (National winner of best use of character, 48 Hour Film Festival) 

2013 Big Pot Little Pot - pilot episode children’s television series

2013 Attitude TV - 43 episode documentary television series for TV ONE for over four seasons

2017 The Education - short Film

2019 In the Rainbow - seven-episode web series for TVNZ OnDemand 

2021 Joyless Pussies - short film (Regional winner of best use of the element, original score and VFX 48 Hour Film Festival)


2017 Toi OHomai Institute of Technology - international recruitment marketing video

2016-2021 CCS Disability Action - series of seven InDesign training videos, CCS Disability Action- Welcome aboard induction film, Access Aware App product launch video, Maori Leadership Framework video, Disabled Leadership video.

2017 Te Puia Thermal Reserve - international marketing video 

2017 Usana Health Sciences - international marketing video

2011 Telstra Clear- series of twelve marketing videos 

2011 Simpl - marketing video 

2011 AA Insurance - marketing video 

2011 NZIM - marketing video 

2012 Zeacom - marketing video 

2012 Ike GPS - marketing video  

2012 FrameCad - marketing video

2012 Baldwin’s Intellectual Property - marketing video


2018 The Perfect Murder - theatre production

2018 Jack and the Beanstalk - The Pantomine - theatre production