In 2010 and 2011 Mel Piper wrote and directed two micro-budget short films - ABSEITSLEBEN and FLEETING VISIT - which were presented at various festivals. In the consecutive years she worked extensively as an assistant for the site-specific theatre troupe Das Letzte Kleinod and she found a mentor in the artistic director Jens-Erwin Siemssen. During this time she directed a documentary film about their work while joining them on trips to Greenland and Kenya.
After a long and annoyingly persistent illness Mel Piper independently wrote and directed the play KINDER VON NEUHOF which premiered in Hamburg in 2014. This work brought her back to life and cemented a long-standing affair with the theatre. An affair that had begun with stage managing and assistant directing jobs in London's theatres while completing a degree in Film Studies. For a while there she had also studied Acting at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She worked in British television and casting agencies.
She attended Chris Vogler's masterclass ''The Writer's Journey'' in 2015 and was chosen to participate in a mentoring session with script coach Miguel Machalski via Creative Europe in 2018. Six years Mel Piper lived and worked in London and her cultural and social ties to the U.K. are still strong. She continues to write English-language screenplays, such as NO MAN'S LAND, a WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Semifinalist and participant in the 2018 European Genre Forum.
NO MAN'S LAND is currently being developed as Mel Piper's directorial debut. She is also working on the short film SHADOW PLAYERS and the feature screenplay KOMTESS BOHEMIA. Mel Piper is based in Hamburg but frequents the South of France, Vienna and London, and she is a member of the European Women's Audiovisual Network.