Melissa Heller

Melissa Heller

Costume Designer
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Warner Hall Costume Shop
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Melissa splits her time between heading the costume shop and designing costumes at Pacific University and designing for local area theater companies. Melissa holds a B.S. in Apparel Design from Oregon State University, where her interest in costumes for theater was born.

She began her work with Oregon State University in 2006 and helped design their productions until she graduated in 2008 and moved to Portland to pursue her career in the apparel industry. Melissa quickly decided that consumer apparel design was not the path she wanted to pursue, so she began work with Oregon Ballet Theater in 2010 where she was involved with all productions for the 2010/2011 season. 

She designs for several production companies including Mt. Hood Community College, Broadway Rose Theater Company, St. Mary’s Academy, Oregon Children’s Theater, and is also the Resident Costume Designer for Bag&Baggage Productions.  Her recent works include:

  • The Great Gatsby, Caesar, Kabuki Titus, Lear, and Richard the III with Bag&Baggage Productions
  • Charlotte’s Web with Oregon Children’s Theater
  • The Jungle Book with Broadway Rose Theater Company  

Melissa is a maker, an avid rock climber, and a crazy-cat lady.


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Like Rosie the Riveter 75 years ago, Pacific University faculty, staff and students are responding to a global health crisis in creative ways.

Pacific University’s Department of Theatre & Dance presents Dario Fo’s political farce They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! March 14-17

Silent Sky

Pacific University Theatre's fall production, Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, runs Oct. 18-21 on the Forest Grove Campus.

A story of five people trying to find love and to love each other, this spring the Tom Miles stage plays home to messy family life in the musical March of the Falsettos by William Finn.

How do societal beauty standards affect our most intimate and vulnerable relationships? Pacific University Theatre produces this winter Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, which explores the harsh reality of this question.