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Assistant Professor
Department Chair
Melissa Grande headshot
Office #
HFAC 203
MFA—Directing, Ohio University; MA—Theater History and Criticism, Ohio University; BFA—Production Design and Technology, Ohio University
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • Advanced Performance Practicum
  • History of Musical Theatre
  • Performance Practicum
  • Stagecraft: Makeup
Courses - Spring
  • Advanced Performance Practicum
  • Directing II
  • Performance Practicum
  • Professional Preparation & Ethics in Entertainment
  • Stagecraft: Costuming

Melissa Hill Grande is a freelance director and educator whose teaching experience includes more than a decade at Marietta College (1994-2007, and 2017-present), and five years as an adjunct at Westminster College (New Wilmington, Pennsylvania). She has taught courses in Directing, Costuming, Script Analysis, Introduction to Theatre, Acting, Irish Drama, Documentary Drama, American Drama, and Contemporary Drama.

Grande served as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Marketing for the internationally-celebrated Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (PICT) under founding Artistic Director Andrew S. Paul. She was Founding Artistic Director for Phase 3 Productions. Directing credits include such productions as Beckett’s Come and Go (“Six A Breast: The Absurd Life of Women”) and Rockaby (“Beckett and Beyond”) (Corningworks); Garden (part of the two-play event House and Garden) and J.M. Synge’s When the Moon has Set (PICT); The Giver and Animal Farm (Prime Stage Theatre); By the Bog of Cats (Centenary College); Well and The Other Place (Off the Wall/Carnegie Stage); Pan: The True Story of Peter Pan (Gilbert Theater); The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Eurydice (Westminster College); Big Love and Medea (Seton Hill University). Past shows for Marietta College include The Beauty Queen of LeenaneARTQuillsTrue West, and Waiting for Godot. For a full list of productions and more information, visit