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Michelle Payne is a writer and director from Essex with a passion for creating work for & about working class people, 13-25 y/os and breaking the "Essex Girl" stereotype.

Michelle's most recent work has been developed & supported with Theatre Peckham, ALP & Aria Entertainment, PPA, Donmar Warehouse, Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. and Havering Changing.

"Payne’s writing is in its beautiful simplicity, razor sharp wit and hilarious observational humour."

- London Theatre 1

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ABOUT

Michelle Payne - Playwright & Director

Michelle is an Essex based published playwright & director.

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SHOWS

Michelle has been writing & directing since 2014

Squad Goals received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews & features from national & theatre press before becoming a published playtext with Salamander Street in 2021.

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Payne & webb

Musical Theatre Duo Michelle Payne & Craig Webb

Payne & Webb's first musical Enthusiastically, Yes was showcased as part of the Chamber musical sessions at The Garrick Theatre, west end

NEWS
 

Michelle is currently associate director to Laura Keefe oHEADCASE by Kristin Mcilquham  (the Bush Theatre as part of Essex on Stage)

 

Michelle is currently Directing Childish Things by Bryan Danielson at London College of Music for the BA Acting & Theatre Making third year students this Spring.

To Have & To Hold by Michelle Payne was part of Essex On Stage at The Bush Theatre and at Mercury Theatre Colchester.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

THE LET AWARD - Finalist (M@n Enuff - Michelle Payne & Emy P)

2022

VAULT 5 - Long List (Michelle Payne, Theatre-Maker)

2021

Adam Lenson Productions & Aria Entertainment Chamber Musical Competition - Long List (Enthusiastically, Yes by Payne & Webb)

2021

THE OFFIES - ONCOMM for Digital Theatre (Jess by Stephanie Silver) Director

2021

Mercury Monologues w/ Josef Weinberger - Winner (Memory Box by Michelle Payne)

2020

The Mono Box Play Start - Long List (Well-Groomed by Michelle Payne)

2020

RTYDS 3 Month Placement (Mercury Theatre Colchester)

2019

Things Made Public, Brewery Fringe, Romford - Best in Fringe - Winner (Full Circle by Michelle Payne)

2018

Moors Theatre - Best New Writing & Best Actress: Michelle Payne - winner | Best Theatre Company - Nominated (Orchid by Michelle Payne & Daniel Len)

2015