Melissa finds the most joy in bringing students of all ages the ability to apply their knowledge of technical theatre to real world problems. She encourages her students to take artistic risks and engage in self-evaluation. She has ten years of experience working in a collegiate costume shop environment where she has worked as stitcher, first hand, cutter/draper, and shop manager. She spent the 2013 summer season at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis working as a stitcher. She enjoys working backstage and figuring out the logistical puzzles of wardrobe and quick changes. Because of her musical background, she has a particular passion for opera and musical theatre.


Academic Interests and Expertise

MFA in Theatrical Design and Production (Costume) from The University of Memphis

BM in Voice Performance, Theatre Minor from Bowling Green State University

Professional Experience

Prior to coming to Wichita State, Melissa served as Costumer/Instructor at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan and Costume Shop Supervisor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. It has been (and continues to be) her pleasure to teach her students the technical knowledge required in the costuming industry.

Recently, her costume design work has been seen at Saginaw Valley State University, Rhodes College, the BLUEBARN Theatre, Opera Memphis, Germantown Community Theatre and The University of Memphis. Some favorite past productions include designing hair and makeup for Opera Memphis's Third Annual Midtown Opera Festival, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead with director Paul Revaz and Sondheim's COMPANY  with director Teddy Eck. She also had the privilege to design the workshop production of Donna Hoke's SAFE with director Dave Rzeszutek at SVSU prior to its March 2016 world premiere at Road Less Traveled Productions in Buffalo, New York. She has designed and led several youth costuming workshops for the Tennessee Thespian Conference and Germantown Community Theatre.

Professional Memberships:
United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)