Production Manager and Lecturer Marsha Grasselli manages all technical aspects of Meadows main stage productions in the Bob Hope Theatre, Greer Garson Theatre and Margo Jones Theatre, working closely with students and staff in the divisions of Theatre, Dance and Music. In addition to overseeing scenery, lighting, costumes, sound and props, she creates the main stage season performance schedule, manages production budgets and serves as the advisor to students participating in SMUST (SMU Student Theatre).
Grasselli arrived at SMU in 2000 with a broad spectrum of experience in education, theatre and film. Early in her career she taught stagecraft, drafting and lighting at William Paterson College in Wayne, N.J. and taught lighting design at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Film credits include Porky’s II: The Next Day, for which she created tombstones for the graveyard scene, and the original 1981 My Bloody Valentine, for which she traveled a mile underwater into the Atlantic ocean to study the submarine Nova Scotia Sydney Coal Field. A 10,000 square foot replica was then constructed in the studio so that one section would blow up in a methane gas explosion and another section would collapse during a fight sequence. In 1983, Grasselli helped build a Civil War town set on the banks of the Mississippi River near the Greenwood plantation in St. Francisville, La. for the TV movie Louisiana, starring Margot Kidder. One week after the film shot the first sequence, the Mississippi overran its banks and the Civil War town was under four feet of water for over two weeks.
Grasselli has also worked at various regional theatres including the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami and was production manager, then managing director, for Opera-Music Institute of New Jersey, an opera training program under veteran Metropolitan Opera bass Jerome Hines.
In addition to her responsibilities as production manager, Grasselli also teaches skills in Vectorworks CAD drafting programs to graduate and undergraduate Theatre students.
Grasselli is a member of the Production Managers Forum, an informal consortium of over 300 production managers from theatre, dance and education from around the country.
M.F.A. in Technical Direction, Art Institute of Chicago/Goodman School of Drama
B.A. in Liberal Arts Theatre, University of Detroit (now University of Detroit/Mercy)