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Board of Directors

The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five units of the University of Houston: the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program and Blaffer Art Museum. The directors of each unit serve as the Mitchell Center's Board of Directors. The leadership team in the Mitchell Center is comprised of the Managing Director and the Artistic Director who oversee the Center's programming and administration.  

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Managing Director

Melissa Noble

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. 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. Her work has been seen with the Pacific Performance Project, Stages Repertory Theatre, Robert Davidson Dance Company, Aero/Betty Aerial Dance Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Meany Hall of the Performing Arts in Seattle, On the Boards in Seattle, and the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in New York. Noble has an interdisciplinary education, with a B.A. in Art and Art History from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms from the School of Art at the University of Houston. >

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Artistic Director

Steven Matijcio

Steven Matijcio is the Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, and Artistic Director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Prior to this he served as Curator at the CAC in Cincinnati, Ohio and SECCA in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Matijcio achieved an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York and an HBA from the University of Toronto. He was honored in 2010 with an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the exhibition paperless, and was one of the inaugural curators to organize an online exhibition of the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Matijcio has participated in curatorial residencies in Gwangju, South Korea and Berlin, Germany, and served as Artistic Director of the 2012 edition of the Narracje festival in Gdansk, Poland. He recently organized the 10th edition of the Quebec City Biennial, Manif d’Art, entitled Illusions are Real. >

Program Coordinator

Design and Digital Resources Coordinator

Graduate Assistant