LifeDream Productions: Bringing dreams to life.
Melissa Skirboll is an award-winning director, writer, actor and producer.
With over 10 years of directing for theatre, Melissa turned her eye to film in 2016 with “Show & Tell Tango”. “Tango” premiered at the at the Västerås Film Festival in Sweden in September 2017. An official selection in 22 festivals worldwide, “Tango” has garnered 3 wins and 6 nominations for directing, acting, writing and short film.
Her short film MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY premiered at the Bermuda International Film Festival and won best dramedy at the Manhattan Film Fest. Schwartzey has since screened in the UK and Italy and has been accepted in upcoming fests around the world.
The companion piece to “My Dinner with Schwartzey”, “Behind the Story: Schwartzey” which you can see here (https://vimeo.com/user41810540/behindthestoryschwartzey), was conceived and directed by Skirboll. It is a mockumentary “Behind the Music” style promo which provides a glimpse into the women at the heart of this story.
“The Spy Who Scratched Me” is a spy spoof created for the 48 Hour Film Challenge in NY. It premiered at the Västerås Film Festival in 2018 and continues its festival run with screenings worldwide. With 9 official selections to date, “Spy” has already garnered 5 nominations for directing, actress and comedy short.
Skirboll is a proud member of NYWIFT and SAG/AFTRA.
Her work in theater has been recognized with a number of nominations and awards: she’s won both the outstanding playwright award (for her play Blizzard: A Love Story) and outstanding direction (for her work on The Closet by Amy Gray Piper) at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, There, she has also been nominated for acting (in Blizzard: A Love Story) for direction on both Superstars by Glory Kadigan and Straight-Faced Lies by Mark Jason Williams, and for her projections/SFX on A Madness of One Acts.
She is a member of New York Madness, a director for the Women's Work Play Lab at New Perspectives Theatre and has directed for various companies including Nylon Fusion Theater Co, Urban Stages, Abingdon Theatre and Estrogenius Festival. Ego Actus, Abingdon Theatre, and Urban Stages have staged her plays here in New York.
With her producing company, LifeDream Productions, she produced the films mentioned above as well as festival runs of the plays “Hell is Where the Heart Is” (4 Nominations, 2 Wins), “Blizzard: A Love Story” (6 Nominations, 2 Wins), and “The Closet” (5 nominations, 1 Win).
Melissa also teaches acting for the Sande Shurin Acting Studio and works with individuals as a private coach.
  • Director (4 Credits)
    Behind the Story: Schwartzey (Promo/Tralier)2018
    Web / New Media, Other
    My Dinner With Schwartzey2018
    Short
    The Spy Who Scratched Me2018
    Short
    Show & Tell Tango2017
    Short
  • Producer (3 Credits)
    My Dinner With Schwartzey2018
    Short
    The Spy Who Scratched Me2018
    Short
    Show & Tell Tango2017
    Short
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    Behind the Story: Schwartzey (Promo/Tralier)2018
    Web / New Media, Other
    My Dinner With Schwartzey2018
    Short
    Show & Tell Tango2017
    Short
  • Acting (2 Credits)
    The Spy Who Scratched Me2018
    Short
    Show & Tell Tango2017
    Short
  • Crew (1 Credit)
    My Dinner With Schwartzey2018
    Short
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Clifton FIlm Festival
Clifton, VA
2019
Winner Best Dramedy, Winner Best Director
My Dinner With Schwartzey
NYC TV Festival
New York, NY
2019
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Reel East Texas Film Festival
Kilgore, TX
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
YoFi Film Festival
Yonkers, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Filmchilla
Catalina, CA
2019
Filmmaker of the Year
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Västerås Filmfestival
Västerås
2019
Finalist
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Oaxaca Film Festival
Oaxaca
2019
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Golden Door Film Festival
Jersey City, NJ
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
VOB Film Festival
Brewster, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Firenze Film Corti
Florence
2019
Finalist - Best Noir
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Fort Worth International Film Expo
Fort Worth, TX
2019
Runner up - Best Soundtrack
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Hollywood Dreams
Las Vegas
2019
Semi-Finalist
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Bermuda International Film Festival
Hamilton
2019
Best Actress in a Drama
My Dinner With Schwartzey
EHTVF
Easthampton, NY
2019
Best Cinematography, Best Editor
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Long Island International Film Expo
Bellmore, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
MayDay Film Festival
Evansville, IN
2019
Best Dramedy
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Manhattan Film Festival
New York, NY
2019
Official Selection
My Dinner With Schwartzey
Beeston FIlm Festival
Nottingham
2019
Nominee
My Dinner With Schwartzey
AOF Mega Fest
Las Vegas
2019
Official Selection
The Spy Who Scratched Me
New York Short Film Tuesdays
Williamsburg, NY
2018
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
VOB Film Festival
Brewster, NY
2018
Official Selection/Nominee: "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
Show & Tell Tango
Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase
Fort Worth, TX
2018
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
Brightside Tavern FIlm Festival
Jersey City, NJ
2018
Official Selection/Nominee Best Tri State Film
Show & Tell Tango
Philadelphia Independent Film Awards
Philadelphia, PA
2018
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
Greenwich Village Film Festival
New York
2017
Official Selection
Show & Tell Tango
Västeräs FilmFestival
Västeräs
2017
College
Boston University
Sociology
High School
Blairsville Senior HS
Birth Date
September 24
Birth City
Pittsburgh, PA
Current City
New York, NY
Hometown
Blairsville, PA
Height
5'5"
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
New York
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Libra
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