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Melissa Noble
Interim Director of Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

Melissa Noble has been on the faculty of the School of Theatre & Dance in the McGovern College of the Arts since 2013, where she has taught movement techniques to actors and dancers and served as Head of Recruitment for the Dance Program. She has had a national professional career as a movement consultant and choreographer, spanning 25 years in theatre, dance, and opera. Her work has been seen with the Pacific Performance Project, Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), Aero/Betty Aerial Dance Theatre (Portland, OR), Madison Opera, Opera Carolina, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Meany Hall of the Performing Arts (Seattle), On the Boards (Seattle), BluOrange Gallery, (Houston), The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University and the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in New York.

She has held positions at the University of Washington, Juniata College, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the Houston Grand Opera Studio. As a dancer, she toured with Robert Davidson Dance Company of Seattle, Aero-Betty Dance of Portland, OR. She danced with Seattle companies AC Peterson and Dancers, Crispin Spaeth Dance, Circus Contraption and The Cabiri. Noble has an interdisciplinary education, with a B.A. in Art and Art History from the University of Northern Iowa and the M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms from School of Art at the University of Houston. Currently, she is movement instructor at Houston Grand Opera Studio and the Shepherd School of Music. She is facilitator/curator of Convergence Research, a program sponsored by the Blaffer Museum of Art that supports and presents interdisciplinary projects and performance.