Michelle is a director and playwright from Essex recently working on artist-led programme Future Forms with the Donmar Warehouse under the guidance of Sacha Wares.
Michelle was a 2019 recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Directors' Scheme working on a three month placement with the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Here she assisted Ryan McBryde on Cinderella which was nominated for Best Pantomime at the Great British Panto Awards. Michelle 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. Her immersive play Squad Goals at Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. in 2020 received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews and features from theatre and national press before being published by Salamander Street in April 2021.
Enthusiastically, Yes! A new pop musical. (Book&lyrics, long-listed for Aria Entertainment & ALP Chamber Musical Competition in collaboration with singer/songwriter Craig Webb, April 2021)
My Three Sisters by Holly Rose Hawgood at The Bush (Director, April 2021)
The Liberators for PPA Acting for Stage & Screen third year show (Commissioned 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 currently volunteering with Oli Lansley & Christa Harris for WildChild; a scheme dedicated to developing under-represented writers for stage & screen. The showcase for the WildChild writers will be at the Park Theatre on 30th September 2021 where Michelle will be directing Florence Espeut-Nicklass' piece.
Michelle is represented by Helen Mumby at the Soho Agency, and is currently working towards developing Squad Goals for television.