Theatre and Dance

Melanie Mortimore

Director of Costume Shop

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TH 006   Phone: 765-285-8752  

Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Additional Information
Director of Costume Shop
Professional Staff
Date of Hire: August 2006

Biography
Melanie Mortimore
is currently the Director of the Costume Shop at Ball State University where she oversees the organization and construction of costumes for 6 theatrical productions and two dance concerts each year. She also serves the department as a designer, teacher, mentor and committee member for various committees during the year. She has been working as a professional costume designer and technologist for the last 23 years, and received her M.F.A. in Costume Design in 1999 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her design work was selected and presented at the international design festival The Prague Quadrennial in 1999, and has been seen on stages from Chicago, with Pump Girls at the Red Orchid Theatre to Oklahoma! at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Recent works with Ball State University include several designs for our semi-annual dance productions, Into the Woods, Hair, Intimate Apparel, and Little Shop Of Horrors. Along with these, she co-designed The Nutcracker and the upcoming production of A Christmas Carol, both with Patricia Daehn.

In the area of technology she has worked as a cutter/draper, a painter/dyer, milliner, puppet constructor, and mask maker, and has worked with theatres from The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to The Utah Shakespearean Festival. In addition she has worked as a scenic painter, properties artisan, costumer for film, and director.
She has taught a variety of costume design and technology classes since 2001, and has presented and participated in several workshops in the areas of mask making, tattoos, design, and, this next year at USITT, a workshop on quick changes and trick costumes. She is a member of both USITT and SETC and is currently serving as a Member at Large for the USITT Ohio Valley Section.
Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8740
Fax: 765-285-4030
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