Acting Coach/ College Audition Coach
Michelle graduated in 2004 with her Bachelors in acting and has been working professionally ever since. From 2004-2016, Michelle served on the staff of CYT (Christian Youth Theatre) Atlanta, as their class coordinator, camp director, acting/musical theatre instructor and director for their mainstage musicals. She also directed their annual residential teen camp, Improv team and award-winning competition troupe where, under her direction, the troupes have won numerous awards at both JTF and The National Performing Arts Festival.
In 2014, while still at CYT, Michelle began working for The Performers Warehouse as a private acting instructor, resident director and member of their prestigious college audition program. While at PW she has helped to develop their production company, Performer’s Warehouse Productions. Under her direction, PWP’s production of In The Heights took home 8 Broadway World Atlanta awards in 2017, including Best Musical and Best Director. In 2018 Michelle took PW’s JTF troupe to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta where they won Excellence in Choreography.
Michelle shares her time as an adjudicator and workshop instructor, sharing her knowledge and theatrical background with high school programs and other theatre companies. Since 2012 Michelle has been a Judge and Committee member for the prestigious Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards aka. the Shuler Awards, she has also served as an adjudicator for Georgia’s One Act Competition and Literary Competition. Michelle has been a workshop artist for the Georgia Thespian Convention as well as various schools and theatre companies. Always in pursuit of sharing her knowledge with others, in 2017, Michelle began her writing adventures. You can currently find her articles and columns on www.performerstuff.com and www.theatreartlife.com.
During her professional career Michelle had has the fortune to direct and/or perform in over 70+ productions with some of her favorites being The Fantasticks, Noises Off, Hairspray, School for Wives, Arsenic and Old Lace, Three Postcards, Tarzan, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Buried Child, Pippin and In The Heights (Broadway World Awards Atlanta 2017 Best Director of a Musical). Her students can be found in local community and professional theatres, national tours, TV/Film and top ranking collegiate musical theatre programs around the country. She is a member of CiTA (Christians in Theatre Arts), NYA (National Youth Arts) and EdTA (Educational Theatre Association.)
Michelle is also honored to be a part of CAP: College Audition Project (www.collegeauditionproject.com). CAP is an online College Audition service that allows students and parents to get the knowledge and guide they need to have a successful college audition season.