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Melodie Reynolds-Diarra

Melodie is a Wongutha Nadju woman from Western Australia.

Melodie was born in Kalgoorlie and grew up in Esperance before making her acting debut at the age of 16 in No Sugar at Belvoir St. She went on to graduate from the Western Australian
Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 1996.

Melodie has performed in several ABC radio plays and recorded the audio book of My Place by Sally Morgan. Some of her theatre credits include Coranderrk – We Will Show the Country (Ilbijerri Theatre Company/Sydney Opera House), The Dirty Mile, Chopped Liver (Ilbijerri Theatre Company), Black Sheep, Glorious Baastards (Ilbijerri Theatre Company/Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Headhunter (Ilbijerri Theatre Company/Polyglot), Wild Cat Falling, Honey Spot, King For This Place, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dreaming Festival/STC), Actors at Work (Bell Shakespeare), Holy Day (Playbox), Stolen, Shrunken Iris, MasterBuilder, Quilting the Armour (with Rosemary Johns), Yandy (Black Swan State Theatre Company), Yibiyung(Company B), The Man from Mukinupin (Melbourne Theatre Company), and Jackie by Elfriede Jelinek (Red Stitch

Melodie’s television credits include Natural Justice, Broken Shore, Hard Rock Medical and Redfern Now(series 2). In 2013 Melodie made her debut in an associate directing role in The Shadow King at Malthouse Theatre.

Melodie has appeared in the successful 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons of Black is the New White for Sydney Theatre Company and recently in the title role of Is That You Ruthie for Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

In 2018, Melodie’s first play Skylab made its world premiere in Perth, as a co-production with
Black Swan Theatre and Yirra Yarkin Theatre.

Presently Melodie lives in Melbourne.