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.
Michelle is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a 2017 Dublin Culture Connect’s 'Engage the City' artist, an alumni of the Dublin Theatre Festival’s Next Stage programme for emerging artists and a 2018 recipient of The Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice Award.
Recent collaborations in theatre include director of SPARK CHANGE THROUGH PLAY (Coney for Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre/Albany Theatre). writer and co-director of HOW WE SAVE THE WORLD (a decision-making adventure through key moments in the Earth’s history for The Natural History Museum); dramaturg/director of MOON UNDER THE WATER (a live literature show by poet Andrew James Brown); co-director and maker of YOUR CONNECTION IS NOT PRIVATE (Coney for Free Word Centre and Camden People's Theatre); creative and performer of INHABITANCE (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 Bram Stoker Festival, created NIGHTMARE PLANTS a performance across the Victorian glasshouses at The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.
She is committed to developing creativity, communication and storytelling skills in children, young people and early career artists. She is a tutor with The Children’s Literacy Charity, has run workshops for Fighting Words - an Irish charity working with children and young adults to mentor creative writing, taught devising at Young Actors Theatre Islington and led workshops at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at The Almeida Theatre.
Michelle studied at Trinity College Dublin and The London School of Economics and Political Science. Using her background working in qualitative research, she designs workshops and experiences to explore ideas, understand behaviour, gather insight and solve problems in creative ways.