Director of Theatre
Professor of Theatre
Resident Costume Designer
Michelle is in her 18th year of teaching at Hope College and has designed over 100 productions, which includes her professional
work as well as her designs for Hope College.
As Director of Theatre,
Michelle is in charge of the production program and is primarily responsible
recruiting and our Distinguished Artist
Award process. Michelle has taught Costume Design, Principles of
Design, Theatre Crafts, Senior Seminar, First Year Seminar and Encounter
Michelle works professionally with Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in
Louisville, KY and has done so for the last 11 years. Michelle serves
as Head of Design for KSF and in addition to designing costumes, hires
the technical staff for the summer seasons. Prior to KSF, Michelle worked for 15 seasons with Hope Summer Repertory
Theatre, a relationship that started while Michelle was an undergraduate!
Through her involvement at KSF, Michelle works with Shakespeare Behind
Bars, a theatre company housed at the Luther Luckett Correctional Facility.
Michelle has traveled to several film festivals (including the Sundance
Film Festival in 05)to talk about her work with the documentary about
the program titled- SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS.
Michelle is very active in the American College Theatre Festival where
she serves as the Michigan State Chair and is a member of the Region
3 Selection Committee. Throughout the year, Michelle serves as a respondent
to college theatre productions in MI, IN, WI, IL and OH.
- BA The University of Evansville
- MFA in design from The University of Texas-Austin
Running is a passion for Michelle - she ran the Chicago Marathon in 2004 - with a debut time of 3:52. That's 3 hours and 52 minutes, was was 2 minutes shy of qualifying for the Boston Marathon! Michelle also ran the Chicago Marathon in 2006 (raising $3,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) & 2007. She also practices yoga.