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Melanie Hillman continues to forge a professional and diverse presence across the theatre arts.  Following early training as a dancer, including appearances with the Queensland Ballet Company, she subsequently studied singing at the Australian National University and enjoyed appearances with the Canberra City Opera and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in music, Melanie gained a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from WAAPA in 2000.  Music Theatre credits include A Chorus Line, Into The Woods, Summer Rain, Merrily We Roll Along, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. 

As a cabaret performer she wrote and performed Perfect Relationships in successful seasons at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth and went on to develop, perform and tour children’s theatre First Stage, and Alice in Wonderland.

Melanie is a founding member of Concrete Cloud Theatre Company and in 2021 became the new Co-Artistic Director of Watch This. Her television credits include Offspring, House

Husbands, Killing Time and Neighbours and films include Traveller, Ransom’s Bride and Giant Leap Project.

In 2018 Melanie studied with the USA’s premier Shakespeare company, Shakespeare and Co. and in 2019 continued this work with world renowned drama specialist Patsy Rodenburg from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Melanie worked as assistant director to Nadia Tass for The Production Company’s Promises, Promises, and directed the new Australian musical Essence of Passion, the mini opera Stubble as well as shows for MICF, various short films and radio plays.

Along with exploring and continuing to develop her performance and directing skills, Melanie also teaches vocal and theatre skills at schools and Monash University.


She is a founding member and treasurer of AWE Alliance (Australian Women in Arts & Entertainment), President of ART ETC. Collective (Australian Repertory Theatre, Expanding The Canon), and is on the panel of the Helen Noonan Prize.

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