Melissa Hill Grande

MFA—Directing, Ohio University; MA—Theater History and Criticism, Ohio University; BFA—Production Design and Technology, Ohio University
Year Appointed
Fall 2019
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Costume Design
  • Irish Drama


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, PA). Courses taught include: 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 Leenane, ART, Quills, True West, and Waiting for Godot. For a full list of productions and more information, visit