Faculty Profile for Michelle Ney

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Michelle Ney
Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 103
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Michelle Ney has designed scenery and costumes for numerous theatre and opera companies, including ZACH Theatre, The Colony Theatre and The Theatre at Boston Court (Los Angeles), Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, 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 Designer, Roe. 2018 - 2023.
    • Zach Theatre. April 5, 2023 - April 30, 2023 Topfer Theatre, Austin, TX.
    • Reviewed by: Bob Adleman.
    • Reviewed by: Joni Lorraine.
    • Reviewed by: Michael Miegs.
  • Scenic Designer, Head Over Heels. March 2023 - September 10, 2023.
    • Zach Theatre. August 9, 2023 - September 10, 2023 Topfer Theatre, Austin, TX.
    • Reviewed by: Joe Gross.
    • Reviewed by: Sabrina Wallace.
    • Reviewed by: Brian Paul Scipione.
  • Costume Designer, Antigone. February 2022 - October 2022.
    • Antigone. September 27, 2022 - October 2, 2022 Harrison Theatre, Texas State University.
  • The Great Stage of Texas. Tobin Collection/McNay Museum. March 2022 - July 2022 Artists: Group (Regional)
    • The Great Stage of Texas. March 2022 - July 2022 McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX.
  • Scenic Designer, The Yellow Inn. 2021.
    • Theatre. 2021 Main Stage Theatre, Texas State University.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean's Seminar Distinguished Achievement Award, College of Fine Arts and Communication. 2021
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Prague Quadrennial International Exhibit of Performance Design And Space. 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Subject of Feature Article: "Design in Texas: Michelle Ney", Arts + Culture Magazine. 2017
  • 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

Selected Service Activities

LINK Graduate Recruitment for MFA Program
November 2022-2023
Search Committee Asst./Assoc. Professor of Directing
October 2022-2023
MFA Design Program Portfolio Review
January 2015-2023
Head of Graduate Scene Design program
External Reviewer for Promotion to Full Professor
University of Idaho
July 2023-August 2023