Michael Mellas (MA/PhD)
Michael Mellas earned his MA in Theatre Studies from Miami University, and his BA in English and Theatre from Bucknell University. His research interests include theatre for social change, theatre pedagogy, and performance and ethics. Some of the conferences he has presented at include the Mid American Theatre Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed. Michael is currently working on his dissertation, which examines performances in institutional locations to question the ways audiences produce meaning. Two years ago, Michael began an initiative at the UMN connecting mainstage theatre productions into the curriculum of non-theatre courses across campus.