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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
1501 Goldstein Cir.
Manhattan, KS 66506


Melissa Neville

InstructorMelissa Salvatore
Costume Shop Manager

112 McCain Auditorium


M.F.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Costume Design and Technology; B.A., 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.


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