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Mellian, Kristin (MFA)

Assistant Professor
Bower School of Music & the Arts
Phone: 239-745-4593

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Master of Fine Arts in TV, Film and Theatre (Acting), California State University, Los Angeles (2015)
Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, Central Michigan University (2003)
Certified Teacher Candidate, National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA) (2020)


Voice and Movement
Acting for the Camera
Business of Acting

Research and Teaching Interests

Fitzmaurice Voicework
Michael Chekhov techniques for creating characters for stage and screen
Acting for the camera and new media


  • Master's Thesis: Breath, Impulse and the Authentic Voice: An Actor's Journey Through Fitzmaurice Voicework ®, *(top 5% readership in July 2016), CSULA (2015)

Conference Presentations

2016 "So You Want to Move to LA," Michigan Thespian Festival
2016 "Why it is Called Actor Training!" Miles Media Entertainment Summit
2015 "Dare to Fail – and Fail Big!" The 18th Cal State Univ. Symposium on University Teaching

Kristin Mellian joins FGCU as a SAG-AFTRA actor and performance professor with almost two decades of experience in professional performance and instruction. As a performer, she has worked in TV, film, theatre, voiceover, commercials, and cruise lines. Kristin’s films have been distributed both nationally and internationally, on Netflix as well in major retailers. Before arriving at FGCU, she taught acting at Compass College of Cinematic Arts and California State University, Los Angeles. Kristin’s most recent projects include acting and movement directing for The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and producing and acting in a feature film with Richard Karn and Jason London. Kristin delights in training and guiding students toward creating their best work and enjoys aiding students in their pursuit of careers in acting.