She is a recipient of The Arts Council England’s 2018 Developing Your Creative Practice Award and currently developing a contemporary new play, inspired by a novella, investigating our relationship with anxiety in 21st century life.
An associate artist with interactive theatre makers Coney, she takes great pride in collaborating with other artists and practitioners to build original, nuanced worlds that are exciting to play in, create dialogue or inspire change. She is experienced in devising and directing theatre made to immerse audiences; stories that challenge people to play a part.
Recent collaborations in theatre include: co-director and co-maker on HOW WE SAVE THE WORLD (a decision-making adventure through key moments in the Earth’s history); director on THE MOON UNDER WATER (a live literature show by poet Andrew James Brown); co-director and co-maker on YOUR CONNECTION IS NOT PRIVATE (Coney for Free Word Centre and Camden People's Theatre); creative and performer on INHABITANCE (by Peter Dunne, based on an original idea created with Peter, Project Arts Centre, Dublin).
She co-created, co-directed and performed in REPLY TO PO BOX 49, exploring how we've advertised for love through the decades. And for the 2016 Bram Stoker Festival, wrote, directed and performed in NIGHTMARE PLANTS created for the Victorian glasshouses at The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.
Drawing on a research-led practice, she designs and facilitates workshops and experiences to explore, gather insight and solve problems in creative ways. As a 2017 Dublin Culture Connect's 'Engage the City' artist, she worked with The Theatrical Cavaliers to explore a community built around cricket and play.
Michelle is a tutor with The Children’s Literacy Charity and has worked as a writing tutor and workshop leader with Fighting Words, an Irish charity working with children and young adults to mentor creative writing. She has led workshops on making interactive theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at The Almeida Theatre and is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.