Dorothy is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her BA cum laude in Visual Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and her MA in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London in 2014. She works as a freelance theatre designer as well as with the production company she co-founded, Mapped Productions, based in London. She also maintains a personal art practice making site-responsive installations and performances and is interested in the themes of history, storytelling and myth, religion and ritual, and cultural identity of place. She is based out of Detroit, Michigan.

As a resident of Elsewhere, Melander-Dayton created The Martyrdom of Saint Elsewhere.