Michele's a playwright, librettist and lyricist. Her work is produced across the country and around the world.
Michele was Artist in Residence at the 2017 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab with her play The Greatest. She's now at work on the second play in the trilogy, Natalie.
She won the Francesca Primus Prize for her play 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; 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.
Michele is also at work on The Proxy Marriage with Adam Gwon, and an untitled commission for Transport Group with Zoe Sarnak.
Other plays include: The Smell of the Kill (Broadway debut); 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.
She's been commissioned by Transport Group, Signature Theater, Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Geva Theatre, Premieres: Inner Voices, and Wind Dancer Productions. Her work has been developed/produced by: Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, Le Pepiniere (Paris), Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage and Film, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Lark Play Development Center, 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 Dramatist Guild and ASCAP, and serves on the board of trustees for the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Michele frequently writes for The Dramatist magazine, lives in New York and coaches writers, executives, and clergy across the country. More information about her coaching practice here.