Melanie Watnick (Costume Designer) has been working as a professional costume designer for theatre and dance for over 16 years. Prior to her arrival at Pepperdine, Watnick has designed and lectured at University of California Irvine, University of California San Diego, and Hartnell College. Watnick’s costume designs for dance have been seen in both national and international tours with such companies as ABTII, Ballet X, Corbin Dance, Company C, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Malashock Dance, Backhaus Dance Ballet West and Norwegian Cruise-line. Theatre designs have included work with companies such as Juilliard, Seattle Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Barter, Great Lakes Theater Festival, South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Open Fist, Boston Court, The Flea, and Rouge Machine. Watnick received her MFA from University of California San Diego and a BA with a distinction in her major from the University of California Santa Barbara.