melita rowston

Melita is a writer, director, painter and performer. 

She's a graduate of Swinburne (Advanced Certificate in Art And Design), VCA (BA -Fine Arts), NIDA (Directing) and UTS (MA – Creative Writing).

Melita's first love is art, performance and writing. She went to VCA to become a famous painter and NIDA to become a famous director. While she is famous at neither of these things, and not actually famous, she really loved doing that shit.


She's in her happy place writing plays, painting, performing stories about her obsession with Australia's Shit Tourism and performance poetry, directing other people‘s plays, writing about travel (while travelling) and she delights in interviewing interesting people.


Melita’s plays include: Between the Streetlight and The Moon (KXT Theatre,'17 Shortlisted for 2016 STC Patrick White Playwright’s Award & 2016 Silver Gull Award), Ljubicica: Wild Violet (Casula Powerhouse, ’17, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, ’16, Seymour Centre, Winner BEST MUSIC Sydney Fringe, ‘15) Bread & Butter (ASYLUM, Apocalypse Theatre) ’15, Canyonlands (Low Windows High Doorways, subtlenuance) ‘14, The Crash (MayDay Festival & Sonic Tales) ’13, Crushed (New Theatre, Spare Room) ’12, The Diver (S&S prize winner) ’08, SPEW (Darlinghurst Theatre) ’04, Sugarbomb, (TRS) ’04, Solitude in Blue (Griffin) ’02, Swing Girl (Griffin) ’01. Melita was a resident playwright at Griffin Theatre Company in 2005/06.

Directing credits include: Ljubicica: Wild Violet (Casula Powerhouse, ’17, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, ’16, Seymour Centre, Winner BEST MUSIC Sydney Fringe ‘15) Bread & Butter (ASYLUM, Apocalypse Theatre) ’15, Why Torture is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang (New Theatre) ’14, MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel (New Theatre) ’13, Sugarbomb (TRS) ‘04, Top Shorts - ‘Rocket Baby’ by Caleb Lewis (Naked Theatre Company/TRS) ‘03, Solitude in Blue (Griffin) ‘02, Spunks by Rebel Wilson (Push Up Theatre) ‘02, cover, girl (B Sharp, ‘01 & Adelaide Cabaret Festival, ‘02) Swing Girl (Griffin) ‘01. Assistant Director to the Opera Project, ‘01, Assistant Director to Barrie Kosky, There is No Need to Wake Up (Olympic Arts Festival, Sydney Opera House) ’00.

Performance credits include: THE GIANT WORM SHOW! Winner Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund Award, ’17 (Adelaide Fringe ‘17, Sydney Fringe ‘16), 6 Degrees of Ned Kelly, (This is About, ABC Radio National ‘17, Adelaide Fringe ‘16, Sydney Fringe ‘15, Melbourne Fringe ‘15) Hey! Yeah! It’s Molly’s Travelling Worm Show! (Malthouse Theatre) ’13.

Melita held her first solo exhibition ‘Hours of fun for all the family’ at The George Paton Gallery - Melbourne University at the age of 21. After painting sets for a university theatre production, she fell in love with theatre. Her first exhibition since 1997 was the group show 'Modern Nostalgia' at Tortuga Studios, St Peters in 2018.