Northern Illinois University

School of Theatre and Dance

Melanie Parks

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Costume Design/Acting CVPA Associate Dean

Education: MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: Grant South 322
Phone: 815-753-1339
E-mail: mparks@niu.edu


Ms. Parks is the advisor to the summer theatre arts camps for junior and senior high school students.More information is available at www.niu.extprograms

Ms. Parks’ costume designs have been in action at Lifeline Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Co., Thirteenth Tribe, Mordine Dance Co., DanszLoop Chicago and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Some of her NIU credits include: The Weir, Nutcracker Ballet, Le Corsair Ballet and L’ Histoire du Soldat.

She has received two Chicago Joseph Jefferson nominations and one After Dark Award for the musical Lizard Music with Lifeline Theatre.

She has been a guest artist in residence with Ohio University’s School of Dance, designing their Faculty Winter Concerts from 1990-2012.

A the resident costume designer for the Organic Theatre Company, some of her credits includeThe Naked King, Theophilus North, The $30,000 Bequest (stage and film versions), The Dressing Room,The Secret Agent, Bobby Gould in Hell, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Police and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.She also designed costumes for the film Hogtown with 9:23 Films.