Michelle Payne- Artistic Director

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Michelle is a director and playwright from Essex recently working on artist-led programme Future Forms with the Donmar Warehouse under the guidance of Sacha Wares.


Michelle was a 2019 recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Directors' Scheme completing a three month residency at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Here she assisted Ryan McBryde on Cinderella which was nominated for Best Pantomime at the Great British Panto Awards. 


Her immersive play Squad Goals at Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. in 2020 received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews and features from theatre and national press before being published by Salamander Street in April 2021.


Recent Directing Credits:

THE UNREPPED SHOWCASE - TECTUM Theatre, Canal Cafe - 2021

FUNDRAISED by Hai Le - WRITEWILD, WildChild, Park Theatre - 2021

DEAR DEAD JASON by Jen Moss (R&D) - Bruised Sky Productions, NDT Broadgate - 2021

THE LIBERATORS by Michelle Payne - PPA 3rd Year Acting for Stage & Screen - 2021

MY THREE SISTERS by Holly Rose Hawgood (R&D) - The Bush - 2021

JESS by Stephanie Silver - The Space UK Online - 2020

SQUAD GOALS by Michelle Payne - Dagenham & Redbridge FC - 2020

FIND ME by No Fixed Address - VAULT Festival - 2020

ORDINARY DAYS by Adam Gwon - OWC, Rose & Crown - 2017


Recent Writing Credits:

MEMORY BOX - Online, Winner: Mercury Monologues - 2020

SAD ABOUT THE COWS - Tristan Bates Theatre - 2019


Michelle is currently developing new musical Enthusiastically, Yes! about sexual consent with singer-songwriter Craig Webb with the support of Harlow Playhouse. A song from the show will be at The Garrick (West End) on 4th October as part of Adam Lenson Productions & Aria Entertainment’s The Chamber Musical Sessions. 


Michelle is also an acting teacher for Sylvia Young Theatre School & for the West End Kids company.