Ashley Melzer is a producer, filmmaker and writer based in Durham, NC. She grew up in North Florida, the youngest daughter of a small town dentist and nurse. Growing up, Ashley was a wannabe beatnik who loved music, wrote bad poetry and annoyed her older brothers. Her brothers grew up to become dentists. Ashley either missed or threw away the family memo and has instead chased creative pursuits.
She received her Bachelor's in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and then a Masters in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her writing and photography have been featured in Indy Week, Paste Magazine, eMusic, and the Southern Foodways Alliance to name a few. From 2014-2016, she served Associate Producer of the NC Comedy Arts Festival and Associate Artistic Director at DSI Comedy. She's worked with Hopscotch, Moogfest, The Groove Productions, Thornapple Films, The Southern Oral History Program and more. She currently serves as Multimedia Editor of Southern Cultures Journal and is Producer of You Gave Me a Song, a new documentary in progress about the life and music of legendary old-time and bluegrass musician Alice Gerrard.
Ashley is a founding partner and stakeholder of Mettlesome, a creative collective in Durham that produces smart, independent projects with particular focus on improv and sketch. For Mettlesome, she directs Hush Hush, a feature improv show based on secrets, and performs with Golden Age, a monthly showcase of improv based on local artists in other disciplines. Ashley was lead producer of the debut sketch show, Two Months In - An Original Sketch Comedy Revue as well as it’s follow-up, the halloween themed, Bump in the Night - A Spooky Sketch Comedy Revue. She also serves as executive producer of Clarified Butter, a podcast about food and friendship. Mettlesome won a 2017 Indy Arts Awards for contributions to the Triangle comedy community.
When not imagining the dental career that might have been, Ashley is usually hanging out with her husband Jack and their rescue dog Iceman.