Associate Professor - Head of Design; Design: Costume - Theatre & Dance
MFA University of Arizona
MFA University of California-Irvine (candidate)
BFA Southwest Texas State University
Melissa Merz is both Head of Design and the Costume Designer for the department. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design at the University of Arizona. She includes the philosophy of dress and paper clothing as some of her research interests. Ms. Merz’s designs have been seen in numerous places across the United States including West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, and of course Texas. Some of these designs include Much Ado about Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Wuthering Heights, Tartuffe, The Learned Ladies, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Mousetrap, 1940’s Radio Hour, Damn Yankees, Curtains, and The Full Monty. Ms. Merz has had an active roll with USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology). She served as vice-commissioner of Professional Development Workshops for the Costume Commission from 2008-2010, and vice-commissioner of Programming from 2010-2012. Her work has been displayed at the university library in the FACE exhibit 7 times. Her work was highlighted at the 2010 exhibit.
Hemphill-Wells Excellence in Teaching award (College of Performing Arts nomination) 2004
Her costume designs of musicals include Three Penny Opera; Bye, Bye Birdie; A Little Night Music; Footloose; The Full Monty; Company; Curtains; Crazy for You; Damn Yankees; The Little Shop of Horrors; Anything Goes; Nine, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Her costume designs of plays include The Comedy of Errors; Macbeth; Twelfth Night; The Tempest; Tartuffe; The Learned Ladies; The Hypochondriac; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Angels in America, Part I and II; Last Night of Ballyhoo; The Pillowman; The Mousetrap; The Importance of Being Earnest; The Diary of Anne Frank; The Ghost Sonata; Life is a Dream; and To Kill a Mockingbird.