Aisha Melhem


Aisha Melhem is a native Austinite who always had a passion for the performing arts. She is trained in several styles of dance, theatre and voice. Growing up Aisha loved to perform, play teacher, direct and create original performances with her friends and family. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in acting with honors in 2008 from St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas and a Master of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in directing from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas 2010. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of B*Tru Arts, a multi-faceted nonprofit company. B*Tru Arts is a multicultural organization which focuses on using the arts for the betterment of the community. It has produced an annual event, Inspiro Fest, providing a venue for performing artists from all mediums. The Academy, a division of B*Tru Arts, offers professional training in acting, dance, playwriting and film. Aisha has developed acting and dance curricula and teaches all aspects of theatre to elementary through high school students. She is a resident artist at The Vortex in Austin, TX and has been featured in several productions, winning several awards for her performances, including Sing Muse! as Terpischore, Muse of Dance which won a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Cast Performance 2013. In the summer of 2012, Aisha appeared in the 63rd year run of Unto These Hills as Anecie and Meli in the world premiere of Cherokee Family Reunion at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee, North Carolina. Some of Aisha’s achievements include: being featured in several music videos, short films and live theatrical productions; producing, choreographing, and directing music videos, short and feature films and live theatre performances, winning awards for both performances and directing. Some of her film and theatre directing credits include: B*Tru Arts’ experimental dance film Solace Is (’15),  The Vortex Summer Youth Theatre: An Enemy of the People (’14), B*Tru Arts’ full feature docu-drama Run Away Night (’12), and doc-experimental short Delusions of Despair in which she is also featured (’13), She directed Flaky Lips (’12) and An Actor’s Nightmare (’11) while she was the director/teaching artist for the San Juan Diego High School Drama Club in Austin, TX., and Terminal at Texas State University (’09) as her final thesis. Aisha continues to serve as an actor, director, choreographer, collaborator, creative force and educator. For more information about Aisha, visit her website at