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 Ney has designed scenery and costumes for numerous theatre and opera companies, including The Colony Theatre and The Theatre at Boston Court (Los Angeles), Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, ZACH, Austin Shakespeare, and Austin Lyric Opera. Michelle’s work has been featured in the Prague Quadrennial International Design Exposition, and her scenic and costume designs have been published 4 times in Theatre Design & Technology. Her costume designs for Texas State’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream were recently featured in the Costume Design at the Turn of the Century exhibit in Moscow, Russia. Michelle is a Professor at Texas State University and continues her work as a free-lance designer. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas State University, she was on the design faculties at University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin, and St. Edward’s University. Michelle is also a past Chair of KCACTF Region 6. www.michelleneydesigns.com

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Scenic and Costume Designer, Hang. 2019.
    • Horizon Line Theatre. 2019 Ground Floor Theatre, Austin.
  • Scenic Designer, Matilda. March 2019.
    • ZACH Theatre. April 2019 - June 2019 Topfer Theatre, Austin, TX.
  • 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.

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
Search Committee, Technical Director
June 2019-August 2019
Coordinator / Organizer
September 2018-January 2019
Search Committee, Theatre History Position
May 2018