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 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 Payne - Playwright & Director

Michelle is an Essex based published playwright & director.


Michelle has been writing & directing since 2014

Squad Goals received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews & features from national & theatre press.


Payne & webb

Musical Theatre Duo Michelle Payne & Craig Webb

Payne & Webb's first musical Enthusiastically, Yes will be showcased as part of the Chamber musical sessions, west end



Enthusiastically, Yes by Payne & Webb will be showcased as part of ALP & Aria Ents Chamber Musical Concert on 4th October at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.

Michelle has recently finished writing & directing The Liberators at PPA for the third year Acting for Stage & Screen final show. Before this she was working with the Donmar Warehouse and director Sacha Wares on Future Forms, researching and trialling new forms of theatre-making. Her participation project Your Story, which brought together professional performers and emerging writers in the London Borough of Havering was completed with the support of Havering Changing in July 2021.

In April 2021, Squad Goals became a published  play text & is currently available to purchase from Salamander Street. Her most recent play The Liberators will also be available from Salamander Street with a date TBC.


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)