Michelle McMahon works as an actor, director and theatre maker.
She has played a variety of roles in theatre and as a voice artist, lends her sounds to theatre, interactive adventures, commercial, corporate, radio plays and live events.
She is experienced in creating and directing theatre made to immerse audiences; stories that challenge people to play an active part. 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.
Recent collaborations in theatre include: director on THE MOON UNDER WATER (a live literature show written and performed by poet Andrew James Brown); co-director and co-maker on ACT DONT ACT; 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 (written by Peter Dunne, based on an original idea created together with Peter, Project Arts Centre, Dublin); dramaturg and performer in FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES (written by Catie O’Keefe; read at The Barrow Group, New York). She also co-created, co-directed and performed in REPLY TO PO BOX 49, a promenade theatrical experience exploring how we've advertised for love through the decades, made to coincide with the 300th year anniversary of the first lonely heart advert,
For the 2016 Bram Stoker Festival, Michelle wrote, directed and performed in the sell out production NIGHTMARE PLANTS, An immersive performance created for the Victorian glasshouses at The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, it told the story of nature's power to poison, seduce and intoxicate.
Drawing on a research-led practice, she designs and directs workshops and experiences to explore, gather insight and solve problems in a creative way. A Dublin Culture Connect's 'Engage the City' artist, she recently worked with The Theatrical Cavaliers to understand the nature of a community built around cricket, and capture their unique experience of play. She has led workshops on making interactive theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at The Almeida Theatre and teaches devising and theatre-making at The Young Actor's Theatre School in Islington, a community theatre encouraging exploration and creativity, nurturing talent and helping to develop the careers of young people in the performing arts.
Michelle is a lab tutor with The Children’s Literacy Charity, supporting one-to-one literacy interventions for children and young people who need help with their literacy, and works as a trainer with communications charity The Media Trust. She has worked as a writing tutor and workshop leader with Fighting Words, an Irish charity working with children and young adults to mentor their creative writing. She is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.