Michelle Haner
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Michelle works at the cross-roads of international education, collaborative arts and community engagement.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area (Head of Creative & Performing Arts at the French-American International School of San Francisco), she leads professional theater projects; teaches theater arts/public speaking/story-telling; and collaborates with international partners, in France and beyond.

She has also developed expertise in program management, community partnerships and local-global collaborations as the founding Urban Engagement Coordinator (2018-23) at the French-American International School. 


In September 2023, together with two student-artists from the French-American International School, Michelle will lead a workshop at the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Conference ​​in Portland, Oregon on Telling the Stories of our Programs & Partnerships: Empowering Voices Across our EcoSystems

In March 2024, as a 2023-24 Visiting Scholar for the CSEE, she will lead a 3-part webinar series on how arts and story-telling can empower individual voices, activate collaborative teams, and build school-wide community.


Earlier this fall, Michelle led a 2-hour webinar on Storytelling and Public Speaking for the CSEE and an in-person workshop on Voice, Presence & Story-telling… to Connect & Build Community in the Classroom & Beyond for the faculty of the Almaden Country Day School. 

In August 2023, she was also delighted to be part of blue monkey works "blue monkey love cuts - redux", directed by Steve Morgan Haskell at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The LA Times review of the original LA production described it as "not just a surprise, but a revelation." 


In Spring 2024, Michelle will direct Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, accompanied by visiting artist Matthew Perifano, as part of a larger project exploring Shakespeare within & beyond the classroom at the French-American International School.

Throughout 2023-24, Michelle will be in-house Project Director for an inter-disciplinary collaboration between Moïse Toure of Les Inacheves and the French-American International School. In 2022, her conversation with Moïse about his company's work was featured in HowlAround, setting the stage for an exploration school as a "Territory of Humanity/Territory of Hospitality", which  forges our dreams and humanity. 

Michelle is also co-director, with Cécile Ladjali, of the Programme Baudelaire. She is collaborating with the program's French-based teaching artists as they translate Edgar Morin's Journal de Californie to the stage in 2023-24. She is honored to work with this inter-disciplinary team, to support bringing French and US students into conversation and collaboration.