Melissa Hickey is an award-winning filmmaker with a bachelor's in Anthropology from Columbia University and a master's in Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory. She is the recipient of the Daniel Petrie Scholarship, the Women in Film Scholarship, and the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence.
Her thesis film, Ni-Ni, premiered at Clermont Ferrand, won a number of Jury and Best Short awards, and was recognized by the DGA with a Diversity Award for Female Director. Following graduation, Melissa was one of five directors out of AFI, the only woman, selected to helm a commercial short for the Sony Be Moved Campaign.
She has since shadowed on THE BRIDGE (Season Finale/John Dahl); BOSCH (Season Finale/Tim Hunter) and as an inaugural member of the Ryan Murphy Television Half Foundation Mentorship Program, shadowed Gwyneth Horder Payton on FEUD: BETTE & JOAN (Season Finale). She took part in the 2017 Women in Film Mentoring Program, working under Vicki Dummer, ABC; and was named one of eight fellows in the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program, 2017-18, shadowing producing director Greg Beeman on TIMELESS.
Currently, Melissa is in the process of developing a number of feature scripts—IT’S ABOUT BOBBY COLLUM, a coming of age story set on the Texas Gulf Coast, and PANIC, a 19th century drama/horror chronicling mass hysteria in rural New England. She is an Academy Nicholl's Fellowship Semifinalist, a fellow of the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, and was most recently featured on the Tracking Board’s Young and Hungry List.