Melissa Salvatore

Rank: Instructor

Title: Costume Shop Manager

Education: MFA, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Costume Design and Technology; BA, New Mexico State University, Costume Technology and Stage Management Emphasis

Job Description: As Costume Shop Manager, Melissa instructs and supervises student labor, teaches the sewing section of the Fundamentals of Costume Design course, serves as the Cutter/Draper for all main-stage productions, and oversees the construction and alteration of costumes necessary for Theatre, Dance, and Opera productions.

Bio: Melissa first studied theatre seriously while on tour with Up With People in 1998 where she toured Japan, Austria, France, Belgium, and all over the US. Melissa has worked in many different capacities in theatres in Seattle, Denver, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and all over New Mexico. In 2009, Melissa won the Peggy Ezekiel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Technology for her millinery work for the opera Falstaff.

Favorite Quote: "Life is a journey, not a destination." -Ralph Waldo Emerson