Area Head
Associate Professor of Costume Design

Melanie Burgess



Melanie Burgess is a Seattle-based costume designer and a member of USA Local 829. She has designed costumes for over 170 productions for the Seattle Opera Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Intiman Theatre, the Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Theatre Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Taproot Theatre, among others.

Regionally, Burgess has designed costumes for Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center of Performing Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Tantrum Theatre-Ohio, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Hawaii Opera. She was the recipient of the "Gregory Award for Outstanding Costume Design" in 2019 and 2010, and has received seven "Seattle Footlight Awards" for her work. She was featured in Seattle Magazine 2011.


MFA, Costume Design
University of Washington School of Drama

BA, Theater Arts
Boise State University