Bio

Michelle is a director and playwright from Essex recently working on artist-led programme Future Forms with the Donmar Warehouse.

 

Michelle was a 2019 recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme working on a three month placement with the Mercury Theatre Colchester. She then became one of 15 Mercury Playwrights and was the representative for the Mercury Theatre for Fuel Theatre's National Freelance Task Force in 2020, a scheme conceived to ensure freelancers were heard throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Her first play, Orchid, won two awards at its first outing at the Moors Theatre (Camden Fringe) in 2015 (Best New Writing & Best Actress: Michelle Payne) and her play Full Circle won Best in Fringe at the Brewery Fringe Festival 2018 in Romford.

 

Recent/Upcoming:

New pop musical Enthusiastically, Yes (book&lyrics, long-listed for Aria Entertainment & ALP Chamber Musical Competition in collaboration with singer/songwriter Craig Webb, Apr 2021), My Three Sisters by Holly Rose Hawgood at The Bush (director, Apr 21), The Liberators for PPA Acting for Stage & Screen third year show (writer & director, June 2021).

 

Michelle is also an acting and script writing tutor for the West End Kids company, Damien Poole Theatre Arts and artistic director of Savi Arts creative training for under represented voices.

 

Michelle is represented by Helen Mumby at the Soho Agency and her immersive play Squad Goals was published with Salamander Street in April 2021.