Bio

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

Michelle was also a 2019 recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme working on a three month placement with the Mercury Theatre Colchester. She has since joined the Mercury Creatives Development Programme and is one of 15 Mercury Playwrights developing a two act play about Page 3 Girls. Michelle was also 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.

Michelle has recently been long-listed with her collaborator, singer/songwriter Craig Webb for the Aria Entertainment & Adam Lenson Productions Chamber Musical Competition with new pop musical Enthusiastically, Yes.

 

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).​

Directing credits include: 

Squad Goals [&writer] (Dagenham & Redbridge F.C 2020, co-director with Mia Jerome), Find Me by No Fixed Address (VAULT 2020), Marathon for You by Laura England (Northern Highlights, Camden Fringe 2019), Walk of Shame by Amelia Marshall-Lovesy & Stephanie Silver (Glass Half Full Theatre, White Bear Theatre), The German Girls (Camden Fringe 2018), Brittle Britain (Wandsworth Arts Fringe), Full Circle (Drayton Arms), And The Award Goes To... and Ordinary Days for The Out of Work Collective (Ye Olde Rose & Crown 2017), The Staff Room (The Bunker, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Theatre N16, G Live, Edinburgh Fringe 2017), Hearts & Minds (ELE Playwrights, Queens Theatre Hornchurch).

 

Associate Director: Split by Emma Pritchard & Tamar Broadbent (& choreographer, Brighton Fringe, VAULT Festival 2018).

Assistant Director: Cinderella (Mercury Theatre Colchester, Dir: Ryan McBryde).

Previous acting credits include:

Sarah in Monkey Sing the Happy Song (Workshop - Hampstead Theatre), Rachel in Sad About the Cows [&writer] (Tristan Bates Theatre / White Bear Theatre), Swing for Les Enfants Terribles' Inside Pussy Riot (Saatchi Gallery), Alice in Adventures in Wonderland (The Vaults), Tina Trott in David William's Rat Burger (Heartbreak Productions UK tour) and Anastasia in Drinks (Basic Space Festival).​

Michelle won Best in Fringe for her play Full Circle about mental health at the Brewery Fringe Festival.

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

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

Digital Credits (Lockdown 20/21)

Directing: Walk of Shame by Amelia Marshall-Lovsey & Stephanie Silver (Lights Down Productions & Glass Half Full),  Jess by Stephanie Silver (Glass Half Full Productions for The Space online fringe) - 5 Stars (Upper Circle) & ONCOMM nominee (The OFFIES), Submission by Matt Gurr (Actor Awareness), Much Ado About Nothing (Act 4 Scene 1) for Bard from the Barn (Barn Theatre), The Robbing Class (&writer, Get Over It Productions Podcast).

Writing: Memory Box (winner: Mercury Monologues), F**k the One Show (Glass Half Full Productions).

Upcoming (2021)

 

- Director, My Three Sisters by Holly Rose Hawgood R&D at The Bush, April 2021

Development of a new educational-musical Enthusiastically, Yes with singer/songwriter Craig Webb. Enthusiastically, Yes is the sex education you never had to a pop soundtrack, in collaboration with Harlow Playhouse and Katy Galloway, date tbc.

- Commission to write and also direct the third year actors' show for Performance Preparation Academy, June 2021.

- Directing Walk of Shame for Glass Half Full Theatre & Lights Down Productions for Edinburgh Fringe 2021.

w: www.michelle-payne.co.uk

e: michelle-payne@live.com

Rep: Helen Mumby @ The Soho Agency

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