Michele developed her play The Greatest while she was Artist in Residence at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Currently, she is at work on two musicals; The Proxy Marriage with Adam Gwon, and a commission for Transport Group with Zoe Sarnak. She won the Francesca Primus Prize for Inana and two Edgerton New Play Awards; one for Inana and another for Map of Heaven. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and both Inana and Victoria Musica were finalists for the ACTA/Steinberg Prize, which marked the first time in ATCA history that a playwright was nominated for two plays in one season. She made her Broadway debut with The Smell of the Kill. Other plays include: String of Pearls (Outer Critics nom for best new play); Map of Heaven, Victoria Musica, Mezzulah 1946, Backsliding in the Promised Land, and the musical 1000 Words Come to Mind, co-written with Scott Davenport Richards.
Commissions include: Transport Group, Signature Theater, Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Geva Theatre, Premieres: Inner Voices. Her work has been developed/produced by: Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Le Pepiniere (Paris), Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage and Film, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Lark, Colorado New Play Summit, City Theater, New Harmony Project, PlayLabs, and Hedgebrook. Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, and Smith and Kraus publish her work.
Michele is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, and serves on the board of trustees for the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Michele lives in New York, and coaches writers, executives, clergy, and political candidates across the country.