Melissa Maidment | Artist, Zero Feet Away
Melissa Maidment currently works as a butcher residing in the Adelaide Hills. Whilst studying youth work at university she took electives in Clowning and Praxis theatre, sparking a love for issues and performance. Since 2006 she has been involved with her local community theatre in a myriad of productions, from backstage to performance and directing. Her most memorable roles have included Bree (a male horse in CS Lewis’ ‘The Horse and His Boy’), Ida (a female skanky house maid in Phillip King’s ‘Pools Paradise’) and Mr Hopper (an Aussie male in Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’). In 2012 Melissa directed her first Youth Production Richard Coleman’s ‘Captain Hook’s Revenge’ which sparked the creation of a Youth Theatre in 2013 that now sees children exploring and creating their own styles of theatre. For this she received the Young Citizen of the Year award 2015 from her local community. Working with Country Arts SA in 2015 Melissa was a part of a creative team that revived and modernised ‘No Shame’, a play inspired by the life experiences of Ngarrindjeri man and playwright Owen Love (acting alongside Owen and directed by Suzie Skinner). Melissa is currently in rehearsals for Southern Coast Choral Arts Society’s production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ as a part of the ensemble in her first musical theatre performance.