Instructor in Theatre
Office
Robert N. Thompson
Phone
+1 (604) 888-7511 ext. 3151

Department(s) or Program(s)

Biography

Michelle is a professional actor, costume designer, instructor, and historical interpreter.  She has been facilitating students' growth as actors at TWU since 2007, and also teaches at The Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Most recently, she appeared in the World Premiere of Canadian playwright Michaela Jeffrey's newest award-winning play "Godhead", directed by Tim Sutherland.  

Previous selected Theatre credits include work at the Chemainus Theatre Festival(Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Christmas Carol, Dracula, Delicious Lies, Mr. Pim Passes By, Rumpilstiltskin, Anne of Green Gables, A Christmas Carol, Charley's Aunt, The Miser, Macbeth) as well as touring children's shows (Sleeping Beauty, Rumpilstiltskin, Not So Happily Ever After, L'il Red & The Pigs) and work in the UK (Eva Perron, Man of La Mancha, Yerma, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet).  On-screen work of late has fallen entirely to Eaux Troubles de Crime for 4 seasons; full Stage and screen credits include work on both sides of the Atlantic, & range from Shakespeare to Crime DocuDramas, Children’s Theatre to SciFi. 

Michelle's design credits include on-going work for The Chemainus Theatre (selected: Jeeves In Bloom, Animal Tales, Munsch Ado About Nothing, Rumpilstiltskin, Rude Mechanicals (Selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream), Pirate Princess, Munsch More Munsch, Macbeth) and The Farndale... Christmas Carol for TWU Mainstage.

Continuing areas of study for Michelle include advanced Voice Work with David Smukler (head, Canada National Voice Intensive), as well as Embodied Practice body work (incorporating Authentic Movement and Syntonics) with Judith Koltai.  

Michelle has recently completed her second season at Barkerville Historic Town (World-Class Heritage Site) as an Historical Interpreter; her love of Living History has led her to create interpretation programmes in both the UK (Victorian School Programme, incorporating Keystage II History curriculum in an interactive programme for students) and on Vancouver Island (Street Interpretation for Chemainus, BC).

When not performing, coaching / training actors, creating historical theatre, or designing costumes, she enjoys Island life with her husband & twin daughters.  Michelle is a member of both Canadian Actor's Equity Association and British Equity, and holds her MFA from ArtsEd London.

Research & Scholarship

Education

  • ArtsEd, London, UK 2001
  • MFA Acting (UK equivalent)
  • BA (TWU, 1998)

Expertise

Acting, and Voice and Movement