Michelle is an actor, writer, director and voice artist. She works in theatre and film.
She was recently nominated for her performance in NO PLACE (Underwire Film Festival 2019) and is currently developing a new play inspired by a nineteenth century novella, investigating our relationship with acute anxiety in 21st century life.
An associate artist with interactive theatre-makers Coney, she is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a Dublin Culture Connect’s 'Engage the City' artist, alumni of the Dublin Theatre Festival’s Next Stage programme, and a recipient of The Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice Award.
As a writer and director, Michelle’s recent work includes 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 in INHABITANCE (Project Arts Centre, Dublin). She co-created, co-directed and performed in REPLY TO PO BOX 49 and for The Bram Stoker Festival, she wrote, directed and performed in NIGHTMARE PLANTS a unique production built for the Victorian glasshouses at The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.
She is committed to developing creativity, communication and storytelling skills in young people and early career artists. She has led workshops at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The Almeida Theatre, works as a writing 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, and taught devising at Young Actors Theatre Islington.
Michelle studied at Trinity College Dublin and The London School of Economics and Political Science. She brings her theatre practice together with her research experience to create workshops, experiences and games to explore ideas, gather behavioural insight, and solve problems in creative ways. Among others, she has recently worked with The Wellcome Collection, Science Gallery London and Adapt for Arts/Old Courts Wigan.