Melanie Mortimore

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Costume Designer

203 Center for Performing Arts (513) 529-9361
mortimm@miamiOH.edu

Melanie received her undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Montevallo, in Montevallo, AL in 1989, and began working in theatre shortly thereafter. She has been a professional costume designer and technologist since 1991 and has been teaching at the university level since 2001. She received her MFA in Costume Design in 1999 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where, in the same year, her senior thesis was selected and presented at the international design festival The Prague Quadrennial. She has served as the resident costume designer for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Children’s Series since 2016. Favorite works include Robin Hood, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for CPIP, In the Next Room, Street Scene, Bliss and The Wild Party for Miami University, and The Comedy of Errors for Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, IN. In 2013 she was pleased to receive a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for her design work on 42nd Street designed for Ball State University. She has been designing costumes for almost 30 years for a variety of theatres across the country in the areas of dance, children’s theatre, musicals, and dramas.

As a technologist, she has credits as a cutter/draper, first hand, stitcher, painter/dyer, crafter, milliner, puppet constructor, and mask maker, and has worked with theatres such as the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and the Alabama Ballet in a variety of these positions. In addition to her costume work, she has experience as a makeup designer, scenic artist, properties artisan, painter and stage director. In 2015 she crafted and oversaw the supervision of students creating the puppets for Miami University’s production of Avenue Q. She has taught a variety of costume design and technology classes since 2001, and has chaired or participated in the presentation of several workshops in the areas of puppetry, mask making, tattoos, design, wire structure, and quick changes with the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and for the USITT Ohio Valley Section. She is a member of both SETC and USITT and serves as Vice Commissioner of Programming for the USITT Ohio Valley Section.

At Miami, Melanie teaches courses in costume construction, costume design, and history of western dress.