Faculty Profile for Michelle Ney

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Michelle Ney
Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 112
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, The Yellow Inn. 2021.
    • Theatre. 2021 Main Stage Theatre, Texas State University.
  • Scene Designer, "Mother Courage. September 2020 - 2021.
    • Theatre. 2020 - 2021 Main Stage Theatre, Texas State University.
  • Scenic Designer, Guys and Dolls. September 2019 - 2020.
  • Scenic Designer, Roe. September 2019 - 2020.
    • ZACH Theatre. September 2019 - Present Topfer Theatre, Austin.
  • Scenic and Costume Designer, Hang. 2019.
    • Horizon Line Theatre. 2019 Ground Floor Theatre, Austin.

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

MFA Design Program Portfolio Review
January 2015-Present
Head of Graduate Scene Design program
COFAC Tenure and Promotion Committee
Search Committee for Lighting Design Professor
Search Committee, Technical Director
June 2019-August 2019