I've been listening to and recording the voices and sound around me ever since I got my "pink radio" for Christmas as a kid. I grew up in Nebraska, South Dakota, and New Mexico, but I've lived in Austin, Texas for the past 15 years. I create and tell stories through audio and on the stage. I have a never-ending curiosity about everything and everyone around me and a passion for both playful and deeply-connected human-centered storytelling.
Michelle's passion for storymaking spans a lifelong career as a writer, producer, and facilitator of collaborative work. She has served variously as a program manager for HATCH, a project manager and audio producer for HATCH/Fusebox/Via Hope’s 4 Plus 4 Equals art and mental health project, an oral historian for Foodways Texas, and a workshop facilitator for various organizations including Creative Action, Still Point Theatre Collective, American Theatre Company, Texas Folklife, the Paramount Theatre, the University of Texas at Austin, and many other organizations and projects.
Michelle teaches in the Theatre Department at Texas State University and is a story producer and performer for Mortified Austin. She was an Arts & Culture Fellow for the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and a recipient of the Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and College Achievement Award in Teaching from Texas State University.
As an actor, improviser, singer, and solo performer, Michelle has performed in Chicago and Austin companies such as Trouble Puppet, Pollyanna Theatre Company, the Hideout Theatre, the Story Wranglers, Mortified Austin, Erasing the Distance, Curious Theatre Branch, New Millennium Theatre Company, Texas State University, Baylor University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a former Artistic Director of Conspire Theatre, where she created and facilitated theatre and creative writing programs for women during incarceration and after for over 5 years.
Michelle holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin.