Michael Mehler – Department Chair

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Degrees: B.S. Northwestern University, M.F.A. University of Texas-Austin, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Email: mmehler@allegheny.edu
Phone: (814) 332-2302
Office Location: VCCA 301A

Spring 2020 Office Hours: Tu/Th 9:00-10:30 | W 1:00-2:00 | or by appointment


Michael Mehler has designed scenery and lighting in Atlanta, Charleston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Texas, and Virginia. 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), Mary Stuart (Baylor University Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Virginia Shakespeare Festival).

Michael currently serves as the Vice President of Communications for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), chairs its Publications Committee, and also serves on its Diversity & Inclusion Committee. At Allegheny College, he has co-chaired both its Council on Diversity and Equity (CoDE) and its Finance and Facilities Committee. Past national leadership positions include Vice President of Programming for USITT, Co-Chair of the Broadway Green Alliance’s (BGA) Education Committee, and Design & Technology Focus Group Representative for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Michael has given more than thirty presentations on design & production history, theory, and pedagogy at ASTR, ATHE, CDC, MATC, PCA, and USITT conferences. Current research focuses on sustainable design and production, specifically investigating new materials and advocating for alternative practices that integrate long term planning with the creative process. He regularly works with Allegheny students and staff to discover and implement more sustainable practices for the Playshop Theatre.

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, stage management, sustainable production, and critical theory; he also serves as production manager for the Playshop Theatre.