Acting Through Song
Michelle's performance background began in Chicago where she sang in the children’s chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and MA in Drama Therapy, also from NYU. After playing Janis Joplin for years in the NY company of BEEHIVE, she moved to Los Angeles and began a theatre company, Neurotic Young Urbanites, with whom she created years of award winning theatre. Her work in LA led Michelle to roles on TV and film: some recent titles: Dr. Gilani on NCIS LA, A.D.A. Leigh on HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, COMMUNITY, THE MAGICIANS, AQUARIUS, and many others. Michelle recently created the role of Masha in the New York production of MAYAKOVSKY AND STALIN at the Cherry Lane, and as Constance in BRONCO BILLY, THE MUSICAL at the Skylight theatre. She received the 2016 Stage Raw award for Best Actress for her work in MY BARKING DOG at Boston Court Theatre . Michelle voices the lead role in an upcoming Netflix series, and can be heard on the films like LAST VEGAS, as well as on the radio jingles for Coca Cola and McDonald’s. Her one-woman show, FROM BAGHDAD TO BROOKLYN, tours around the country and premiered in the United Solo Festival on Theatre Row in NYC tis past Fall and enjoyed an evening at the Skirball Cultural Center in November. The intention of the piece is to explore her dual American Middle Eastern her upbringing in order to bring to light fears and hidden judgments, so that we can all hopefully ask questions to bring us into peace.