Melissa Penkava Koza is a 2011 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She has her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance with a minor in theatre. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, with emphasis in Costume Design and Technology, at the University of Memphis.
Melissa has designed several shows for the stage and film. Her most recent stage work was Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, directed by Mark Allan Davis, and designed for the University of Memphis’s Mainstage Season. During the summer of 2012, she had the privilege to work with Germantown Community Theatre, designing their summer children’s musical; Sleeping Beauty: KIDS. In the spring of 2012, she worked with fellow MFA candidate Randall Stevens on Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a graduate project at the University of Memphis.Iolanthe and Sāvitri, two smaller-scale productions, were designed for the BGSU College of Musical Arts. Bunnicula, a mainstage youth production for the BGSU Department of Theatre and Film, took place in April 2011. She has also designed costumes for two films. Her most recent film, Refracture: An Abortion Film, premiered in April of 2011, and her first film, Disposition, premiered in November of 2010 and was recently submitted to the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
She was a stitcher in the costume shop at BGSU from 2007-11, where she worked on over 30 shows making alterations, constructing costumes, and maintaining individual garments. She is currently under contract as a graduate assistant in the costume shop at U of M, working 20 hours per week training and supervising undergraduate students and working on the shows for the main season.