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Melissa Hill Grande

Director

 

I’m a theatre director and educator currently based in Pittsburgh. Some of my favorite theatrical experiences have been in New Play Development and Irish drama, though I have done fantastic and rewarding work in a wide range of different styles and periods. No matter what I’m working on, it’s the people – actors, producers, design team, tech folks – who really make the experience great.

One of the most influential growth periods in my career was the five years I spent as the Associate Artistic Director at Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, working alongside founding Artistic Director Andrew S. Paul. While with PICT, I had the opportunity to create and oversee the New Classics Series, a new play workshop/reading series in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. I also directed, witnessed a slew of auditions and callbacks while casting shows, and met and worked with many wonderful and talented artists. It was a great education disguised as a paycheck.

Ohio University (the school located in Athens, Ohio – NOT to be confused with Ohio State in Columbus) is my educational “home”. (GO BOBCATS!!!) Through a complex series of events and coincidences all three of my degrees (a B.F.A. in Production Design and Technology/Costume Design, an M.A. in Theater History and Criticism and an M.F.A. in Directing) are from Ohio University, though I did brief stints at Kent State and Marietta College, studying English, advertising and psychology, when I was a confused undergraduate.

The other major formative period in my career was spent on faculty in the theatre department at Marietta College. For thirteen years, I was the resident costume designer and shop manager, and I designed billions of shows (okay, probably somewhere around 80-90), taught costuming and dramatic literature courses (Irish, American, and contemporary, primarily – though I did a special topics course on documentary theatre that ended up being a favorite), and – eventually – started directing. This is where my affinity for directing was discovered and nurtured, and the students and faculty who were part of that process remain some of the most special people in my life.

Other relevant bits – I was a founding artistic director of Phase 3 Productions, and have worked locally with PICT, Off the Wall, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, No Name Players (SWAN Day), Bricolage (BUS), and Guiding Star in the professional realm, and Westminster College and Seton Hill University in the educational.

Thanks for coming to my website! If you want, you can send me a note at melissahillgrande@gmail.com.

-Melissa

BIO

MelissaGrandeHeadshot

Melissa Hill Grande

Director

 

I’m a theatre director and educator currently based in Pittsburgh. Some of my favorite theatrical experiences have been in New Play Development and Irish drama, though I have done fantastic and rewarding work in a wide range of different styles and periods. No matter what I’m working on, it’s the people – actors, producers, design team, tech folks – who really make the experience great.

One of the most influential growth periods in my career was the five years I spent as the Associate Artistic Director at Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, working alongside founding Artistic Director Andrew S. Paul. While with PICT, I had the opportunity to create and oversee the New Classics Series, a new play workshop/reading series in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. I also directed, witnessed a slew of auditions and callbacks while casting shows, and met and worked with many wonderful and talented artists. It was a great education disguised as a paycheck.

Ohio University (the school located in Athens, Ohio – NOT to be confused with Ohio State in Columbus) is my educational “home”. (GO BOBCATS!!!) Through a complex series of events and coincidences all three of my degrees (a B.F.A. in Production Design and Technology/Costume Design, an M.A. in Theater History and Criticism and an M.F.A. in Directing) are from Ohio University, though I did brief stints at Kent State and Marietta College, studying English, advertising and psychology, when I was a confused undergraduate.

The other major formative period in my career was spent on faculty in the theatre department at Marietta College. For thirteen years, I was the resident costume designer and shop manager, and I designed billions of shows (okay, probably somewhere around 80-90), taught costuming and dramatic literature courses (Irish, American, and contemporary, primarily – though I did a special topics course on documentary theatre that ended up being a favorite), and – eventually – started directing. This is where my affinity for directing was discovered and nurtured, and the students and faculty who were part of that process remain some of the most special people in my life.

Other relevant bits – I was a founding artistic director of Phase 3 Productions, and have worked locally with PICT, Off the Wall, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, No Name Players (SWAN Day), Bricolage (BUS), and Guiding Star in the professional realm, and Westminster College and Seton Hill University in the educational.

Thanks for coming to my website! If you want, you can send me a note at melissahillgrande@gmail.com.

-Melissa

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