Michelle is a playwright, theatre-maker and dramaturge. She has worked professionally in theatre in Ireland since 1991 as an actor, producer and writer. Michelle completed a Masters in screenwriting from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire in 2005 and a Masters in dramaturgy from Goldsmiths College, London in 2010. In 2011/2012 she held the post of playwright-in-residence at the Civic Theatre, Dublin, where she worked on a new full-length play for adults and collaborated with local primary children to write eight new plays for young people. Michelle has written mainly for stage and radio but also for Irish TV’s continuing drama series FAIR CITY. Her writing awards include the Hugh Leonard Bursary and the Eamon Keane Full-Length Play Award for SNAKELIGHT (Mountains To The Sea Festival, Dublin, 2009), the Stewart Parker/BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award for THE OTHER SIDE (Project, Dublin, 2003) and a Fringe First for ROMANTIC FRICTION (Edinburgh, 1998). In 2011 she developed and wrote the large-scale play TOXIC for a cast of eighteen emerging actors for the Gaiety School of Acting (Project Arts Centre, Dublin). Her play THE NATION’S ASSETS was part of Fishamble Theatre Company’s Tiny Plays For Ireland (Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2012). Michelle is currently an Artist in Schools in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Michelle also works as a dramaturge, supporting other playwrights through the ideas and drafting phases of their plays, and as a creative writing facilitator.