Faculty Profile for Michelle Ney

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Michelle Ney
Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 111
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Michelle has designed scenery and costumes for numerous theatre and opera companies, including The Colony Theatre and The Theatre at Boston Court (Los Angeles), ZACH Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, and Austin Lyric Opera. Recent projects include Tribes; Mothers and Sons; A View From the Bridge; the world premiere of Romulus Linney's Going After Cacciato; Richard III, A Christmas Story; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Macbeth; Gulls; Bat Boy: The Musical; An Ideal Husband; The Glass Menagerie; The Comedy of Errors; The Cherry Orchard, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Michelle’s work has been featured in both the Prague Quadrennial International Design Exposition and Costume Design at the Turn of the Century in Moscow. Her scenic and costume designs have been published multiple times in Theatre Design & Technology. In addition to her freelance work, Michelle is a Professor of Theatrical Design at Texas State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas State, she was on the design faculties at University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin, and St. Edward’s University.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Scenic Designer, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. October 2018.
    • Texas State University. October 2018 Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, Performing Arts Center.
  • USITT. Design Expo 2018. March 2018 Artists: Group (National)
    • USITT Design Expo 2018. March 2018 Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • Co-Scenic Designer, Speech & Debate. February 2018.
    • Texas State University. February 2018 Studio Theatre.
  • Scenic Designer, Hamlet. April 2017 - November 2017.
    • Hamlet. April 2017 - November 2017 Harrison Theatre, Texas State University.
  • Scenic Designer, Singing in the Rain. April 2017 - October 2017.
    • Singing in the Rain. April 2017 - October 2017 ZACH Topfer Theatre, Austin, TX.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Costume Designs for Texas State University’s A Midsummer Night’s have been selected to represent the U.S. in Costume Design at the Turn of the Century, an international exhibit in Moscow. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Fine Arts and Communication College Achievement Award. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Keynote Speaker, Shakespeare Without Stockings: Designing the Classics for Today’s Audience, San Antonio, TX, McNay Museum. 2013
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Nominations for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design, Austin Critics’ Table. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Kennedy Center Gold Medallion. 2012

Selected Service Activities

MFA Design program
January 2015-Present
Supervision of student scenic designers for productions
Coordinator / Organizer
September 2018-January 2019
Search Committee, Theatre History Position
May 2018
Assistant Technical Director Search Committee