As a theatre artist and filmmaker, Ashley Mellinger is committed to telling stories that re-imagine traditional narratives and include marginalized voices without centering exclusively on their identities and trauma. She is an award-winning half-Korean actor and producer. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and working in NYC for a decade, she moved to Portland, Oregon and co-founded Desert Island Studios to increase artists’ accessibility to film resources. Recent producing credits include Dawn Jones Redstone’s proof-of-concept for her debut feature Noelia, and Roland Dahwen-Wu’s first feature Borrufa. Pre-pandemic, her writing debut L’Ortolan won Most Original Concept at the 2020 Portland Shorts Fest. Post-pandemic, she co-wrote and starred in the AAFL 72 Hour Shootout film, Vent (which won 2nd Runner Up, Best Editor, and Best Screenwriter).