Title: Associate Professor
Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Degrees: B.S. Northwestern University, M.F.A. University of Texas-Austin, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Phone: (814) 332-2302
Office Location: VCCA 301A
Others by Appointment
Michael Mehler has designed scenery, lighting, and sound in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Hampton Roads. Favorite designs include Remembrances (world premiere with Ballet Austin), The Importance of Being Earnest (Unseam’d Shakespeare Company), Waiting for Godot (Pitt Repertory Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Allegheny College Playshop Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Virginia Shakespeare Festival).
Michael currently is a Director of the Board for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and chairs its Awards and Resolutions Committee and serves on its Publications Committee; he served as the Vice President of Programming from 2008-2012.
Michael has given more than thirty presentations on design history and theory, pedagogy at ASTR, ATHE, CDC, MATC, PCA, and USITT conferences. Current research focuses on sustainable design and production, specifically in researching new materials and advocating for alternative practices that integrate long term planning with the creative process. His most recent article – co-written with Paul Brunner of Indiana University and published in the summer 2013 issue of TD&T – examines the state of the field in sustainable design and production in the United States and the United Kingdom. In furtherance of these efforts, Michael is a co-chair of the Broadway Green Alliance Education Committee that encourages nationwide participation in the College Green Captain program.
Michael holds a BS in theatre from Northwestern University, an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. At Allegheny College, he teaches theatre design, production and stage management, and sustainable theatrical production as well as introduction to theatre and a junior seminar on theatrical theory; he also serves as production manager for the Playshop Theatre.