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
Michelle is currently associate director to Laura Keefe on HEADCASE 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)
VAULT 5 - Long List (Michelle Payne, Theatre-Maker)
Adam Lenson Productions & Aria Entertainment Chamber Musical Competition - Long List (Enthusiastically, Yes by Payne & Webb)
THE OFFIES - ONCOMM for Digital Theatre (Jess by Stephanie Silver) Director
Mercury Monologues w/ Josef Weinberger - Winner (Memory Box by Michelle Payne)
The Mono Box Play Start - Long List (Well-Groomed by Michelle Payne)
RTYDS 3 Month Placement (Mercury Theatre Colchester)
Things Made Public, Brewery Fringe, Romford - Best in Fringe - Winner (Full Circle by Michelle Payne)
Moors Theatre - Best New Writing & Best Actress: Michelle Payne - winner | Best Theatre Company - Nominated (Orchid by Michelle Payne & Daniel Len)