Melissa Pihos

Melissa Pihos

Actor, Cinematographer, Dancer, Director, Editor, Producer, Production Assistant and Other

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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About Melissa

Melissa Pihos graduated from UNC Greensboro with an MFA in Choreography where she created PIHOS: A Moving Biography, a dance/video work that focuses on her father’s fight with Alzheimer’s disease and various aspects of his life and Dear Dad, an award-winning short documentary about how her relationship with her Dad has changed because of Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana but grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She has been dancing for over 25 years receiving her training at Academy of Dance Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, UNC Greensboro and The American Dance Festival (New York Intensive) in New York, New York.
She was a competitive gymnast until the age of 14. She currently dances for The Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and for Sidelong Dance Company. She has danced for various other choreographers including John Gamble, Jan Van Dyke, Duane Cyrus, Ann Dils, Robin Gee, Barry Stoneking and Rebekah Kennedy.

Her choreography is described as being complicated, gripping, evocative, moving and captivating. She often uses multimedia technology in her work which adds a layer to the viewer’s visual experience. Along with being a choreographer and dancer, she is an award-winning filmmaker. She created “Dear Dad,” in a documentary film production class in spring, 2009, which has since been screened all over the United States. In spring 2010, she created a dance documentary called Accessing the Legacy of Martha Graham: Steps in the Street. In 2011 she created Her Wrath, a dance for camera.

She is teaching at Salem College and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro this semester. She is also teaching at The Academy of Dance Arts in Winston-Salem this year.

Credits

  • Her Wrath

    Her Wrath (2011)
    Film (short) Director, Prodcuer, Editor

  • Accessing the Legacy of Martha Graham: Steps in the Street

    Accessing the Legacy of Martha Graham: Steps in the Street (2010)
    Documentary director, editor, cast member

  • Dear Dad,

    Dear Dad, (2009)
    Documentary director, producer, editor

Awards

  • Award of Merit for Short Documentary, Indie Fest
    (2010)

  • Western NC Acheivement Award Twin Rivers Media Festival
    (2009)

  • 3rd Place in Experimental Film, Twin River Media Festival
    (2009)

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
    (2007-2011)

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
    (1995-1999)

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