Born on the Texas border, Melissa Hickey is a writer/director with a Masters in Directing from the AFI Conservatory. Her short film, Ni-Ni, premiered at Clermont
Ferrand, won a DGA Diversity Award for Female Director, the Imagen Foundation Award for Best Short Film, and AFI’s Richard P. Rodgers Spirit of Excellence award for independent filmmaking. She is an inaugural member of Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative, a fellow of the Sony Diverse Directors Program, an Academy Nicholl’s Semifinalist, and a Sundance Screenwriters Intensive fellow.