Passionate about international education and the connections between arts, education and social justice, Michelle is the Artistic Director of the performing arts program at the French-American International School of San Francisco. She also serves as the school's Urban Engagement Coordinator, helming an internship program, a salon-speaker series and other community-focused initatives.
Michelle is also an experienced theater maker, who has trained and worked extensively in the US and overseas. After completing her BA in Social Studies at Harvard (where she was active in the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club), she turned full-time to theater, studying at l'Ecole Jacques LeCoq, the Sorbonne and UCLA (MFA).
She was a co-founder of Barcelona's Bantam Theater Company, and has been a member of the The Open Fist Theater company, the Classical Theater Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA and
San Francisco’s foolsFURY theater company.
Deeply committed to international exchange and collaboration, Michelle has also spear-headed a number of large-scale projects bringing together artists, educators and citizens from the US and overseas. Favorite projects developed with French company, Les Inacheves, include Awaiting Dawn and The Portrait Project.
While it has been over ten years since Michelle has worked in film & TV, you can check out some old clips in "DEMO" and still catch her in re-runs of CSI, Deadwood and other shows. In Hollywood, her "niche" was tough, working class characters, as seen in projects with Justin Francis (The Way Down and Modest Mouse's Little Motel). While Michelle loved her years in LA, her focus today is on her Berkeley-based family and live theater, international collaboration and arts education in the Bay Area.
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