Associate Professor of Theatre, Chair Department of Theatre & Dance
MFA, Kent State University
MA, Miami University
BA, LeMoyne College
Melissa Owens is an Associate Professor of Theatre and a professional actress, director, and costumer. She currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, and is the Resident Studio Acting teacher, as well as the Resident Costume Designer. Her classes include Acting Fundamentals, Audition Technique, Michael Chekhov Technique, Period Styles, Introduction to Theatre, Acting the Song, Musical Theatre Workshop, Costume Design, Basic Sewing, Voice and Diction, Dialects, and Directing.
Recent Converse directing projects include the musicals Little Women and Urinetown, as well as Dancing at Lughnasa, Thom Pain (based on nothing), The Tempest, Shiloh Rules, and A Part Equal: Women and Mr. Shakespeare, as well as the musical reviews To Dream, To Fight, and To Be; she has also designed and built costumes for more than 20 Converse productions since her arrival the Fall of 2012.
Prior to accepting her position at Converse, Owens worked for twenty-five years as an actor and costumer and has been a proud member of AEA since 1993. She has degrees from Seattle Central and Miami University in Costume and Clothing Design and Construction, and her MFA from Kent State University, OH, as a Returning Professional: (in) Acting.
Representative acting roles include Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel at Virginia’s Barter Theater (5 year resident company member), Anne Collier in 1940s Radio Hour at the Hilton Head Playhouse, Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain at Missouri’s Arrow Rock Lyceum, Elizabeth in The Crucible at Kent State University, Mrs. Anna in The King and I for Germany’s Frankfurt (English Speaking) Theatre, Paulette in Legally Blonde at Converse College, and Lizzie in the award-winning Haywire at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Professor Owens is honored to be able to share the transformative work of Michael Chekhov, to explore “...an inner technique (where) you are able to open your hearts and send your flame to the audience...to be masters of our feelings.” (M. Chekhov - Archives, January, 1938), and looks forward each academic year to working with the next generation of theatre artists.