GOODBYE, BROOKLYN // SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL
Michelle's film, Goodbye Brooklyn, had it's second screening at Santa Fe Film Festival as part of the New Mexico's Film Week!
GOODBYE, BROOKLYN // slamdance film festival
Michelle just returned from Park City, Utah, where she premiered her short film, Goodbye, Brooklyn, at the Slamdance Film Festival. The film received Honorable Mention in their Narrative Shorts category. Next week, the film will play at the Santa Fe Film Festival!
Michelle just got back from Maryland, where she was filming The Guy, written and directed by Jon Fusco. In it, she plays Heather, the love interest of the main character, Tony. The film is set to release in 2019!
Here is a lil' teaser for the short film Michelle wrote and stars in, Goodbye, Brooklyn. She plays the lead character, Dana Schapiro, who decides to move home to New Jersey with her parents, leaving behind a life in Brooklyn that barely remembers her. Michelle and her writing partner/director, Daniel Jaffe, are currently submitting the film to festivals!
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Ben Brantley from The New York Times calls Compagnia de Colombari's production of The Merchant of Venice transformative! Read the full review HERE!
Michelle reprises the role of Jessica, directed by Karin Coonrod, that played in Venice, Italy last summer in the Jewish Ghetto. This time, it runs at Montclair State University as part of their Peak Performances program, for a limited time only (September 23-October 1). This production celebrates women innovators and artists in theatre. Five actors of different races, creeds, nationalities, and genders play Shylock, the iconic Jewish moneylender at the center of the play. According to Coonrod, “these five actors, all of them very different, open up the play in a way that is both Jewish and universal.” Tickets on sale at: peakperfs.org/event/the-merchant-of-venice/2017-09-19/
VALERIE MALLORY FINKERSTEIN
Michelle just got back from Vancouver where she filmed an absurdist comedy, Valerie Mallory Finkerstein: A Tragedy, written and directed by Martina Monro (Associate producer "You Me Her"). Michelle plays the title character, Valerie, who on the day of her best friend’s surprise party, plans a very elaborate and very public declaration of love.
Rehearsals are going strong for On The Rock's production of Fred, which will premier at Dixon Place in just two weeks! Michelle plays Gwen Kunzig, an (actual) green alien and member of outer space's premier Carpenter's Tribute Band. Catch her singing classics like "Yesterday Once More," "We've Only Just Begun," and "Close to You." Buy your tickets HERE!
the world is round is round is round
This past weekend, Michelle performed in an abridged workshop production of Gertrude Stein's The World Is Round Is Round Is Round with Compagnia de Colombari at the prestigious Norwood Club. The performance, directed by Karin Coonrod, played in conjunction with Colombari's other production of text&beheadings about Queen Elizabeth.
Michelle had the pleasure of choreographing and performing in this parodic music video about abstract art&theatre. Directed by Colby Day, shot/edited by Andy Zou, and starring the inimitable Sam Corbin. Check it out, it's spreading quickly!!!
THE WORLD IS ROUND IS ROUND IS ROUND
Michelle joins the cast of Compagnia de Colombari's production of The World Is Round Is Round Is Round. From a Gertrude Stein story, TWIRIRIR is adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, with music by Gina Lishman. The show is performed by a company of five women who all play a version of Rose from Stein's renowned story. The company will present a small workshop in January 2017 for APAP. This presentation kickstarts Colombari's "Girls Project", which will tour this show around the world in 2018, with the hopes of empowering young girls. The cast includes: Christina Acosta Robinson, Dietrice Bolden, Julienne Kim, and April Sweeney.
Michelle will be joining On The Rock's Theatre Company on November 18th for the reading of their upcoming show "Fred," which follows a robot from Phoenix named Fred, who has been keeping his inventor's comatose widow, Diana, alive for 200 years. The show is written by OTR founders Dakota Rose and Christopher Ford, and commissioned by Dixon Place Theatre.
The Making of Merchant in venice
Michelle joins director, Karin Coonrod, actors, Ned Eisenberg & Linda Powell, and dramaturg, Walter Valeri, in a presentation/discussion of the historic staging of shakepeare's classic in the Jewish Ghetto--featuring scenes photographed by Andrea Messana and clips from the upcoming documentary following Compagnia De' Colombari, The Making of The Merchant in Venice. Held at NYU'S Casa Italiana on Thursday October 6th at 6 pm.
the merchant in venice
Michelle just got back from Venice, Italy where she played the role of Jessica in Karin Coonrod's staging of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice , performed outside in the Jewish Ghetto to commemorate it's 500th anniversary. With an all-star cast (Linda Powell, Ned Eisenberg, Reg E. Cathey, Sorab Wadia) and a mock-trial presided over by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it was truly a landmark event. The company, Compagnia de Colombari, toured the show to Bassano (Operaestate Festival) and Padova, where they performed inside of a Prison.
Photos © Andrea Messana
Michelle will be performing in Diorama Dialogues as a final farewell to the gallery space at 545 Greenwich Street. She has worked tirelessly with Julia Crockett & Group in creating a silly, dynamic, and fun piece set to the tunes of Zane Morris.
Photos © Shawna Ferreira
Michelle performed "four fours" at MoMA with The Million Underscores Company.
Photos © Camila Escobar
the white stage quadrilogy
For the first time in her career, Michelle will be playing a character named Michele, in On the Rocks Theatre Company's production of "The White Stag Quadrilogy. She is very excited to be returning to Dixon Place with the company's second installment of their thrilling Jerry Wolfert Saga. Directed/conceived by Dakota Rose, designed/co-conceived by Christopher Ford, and choreographed by Chloe Kernaghan.
Photos © Mike Griffiths
Summer & smoke
Michelle is thrilled to be joining The BaSiC Theatre Project's production of Summer & Smoke at the Access Theatre, directed by Drama League resident Zi Alikhan. She will be doubling the roles of Nellie and Rosa. This will also be her first foray into performing a full Tennesse Williams production onstage!
Michelle will be playing the role of Nicole Bailies in On The Rocks Theatre Company's production of WOLFERT coming to Dixon Place this January conceived/directed by Dakota Rose, conceived/designed by Christopher Ford, and choreographed by Chloe Kernaghan. With an all-star cast including Andrew Butler, Derek Smith, Rebeca Miller, and Jamie Wright, it's sure to be lots of fun.
Photos © Anna Kooris
Michelle will be performing Tiny Parties with Jullia Crockett & Group at The Gym at Judson Place!
Photos © David Gonsier
Michelle is elated to be joining the stellar cast of Coromandel, a new musical coming to HERE Arts Center in Soho. The show, with music, lyrics, and book by Trevor Bachman, takes the audience on a journey through the mind of poet Edward Lear. The show is directed by Jordan Fein and running for a week!