Michelle is a native of Raleigh, NC and began acting at the age of nine. She holds her BA in Theatre from Meredith College where she graduated with honors in 2003. Michelle has over ten years of teaching experience and has taught middle school and high school theatre as well as high school and college level history courses. She holds an MA in History from Sam Houston State University in Texas and enjoys opportunities where she can combine her history and theatre interests.
She completed her MA in Theatre Education at Emerson College in Boston, MA in 2014. While at Emerson, Michelle focused her studies on acting and acting coaching. In Boston, Michelle had the opportunity to perform as Alice in You Can't Take it With You at The Theatre Company of Saugus and Annie in All in the Timing with Amazing Mustache Productions. She was also cast as Medea in Emerson College Graduate Program's modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy. She has studied film under Peter Kelley and Ken Cheeseman, acting with Amanda Hennessy and Chelsea Cipolla, and directing with Maureen Shea.
In 2013, Michelle spent time living in London where she studied Linklater voice with Kristin Linklater, Meisner acting with Dominic Kelly, and the Alexander Technique for Performers with Brita Forsstrom. She has most recently lived in Birmingham, UK where she studied film acting with Louise Osbourne. While in the UK, she continued her Linklater voice work under the private instruction of Francois Walot and worked further on her Alexander Technique training.
After relocating back to Raleigh, NC Michelle founded Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio, a local arts education center and performance venue for independent theatre groups. She also recently founded and was named the Executive Director of Sonorous Road Repertory Inc., a non-profit, professional theatre troupe in residence at Sonorous Road.
She is a proud mother to three beautiful children and a wife to a wonderfully supportive husband. Her current work focuses on new mothers and how the creative process can positively affect parenting and family relationships. She seeks to give mothers a voice through her work and loves teaching about the many benefits found in the performing arts.