Artistic Director

Michelle Payne

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Training:

Arts Ed & PPA (Acting)

Queens Theatre Hornchurch with Philip Ayckbourn (Playwriting).

Michelle is a director, playwright & actor from Essex and a recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. She is also currently working under the theatre's Mercury Creatives Professional Development programme.

Her first play, Orchid, won two awards at its first outing at the Moors Theatre (Camden Fringe) in 2015 (Best New Writing & Best Actress: Michelle Payne).

Caspa Arts Credits:

Writer Glow Up (Tristan Bates Theatre), director & writer Squad Goals (The Other Palace & the Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Almost Paradise and director & co-writer of Twistmas (The Bunker Theatre). Writer Glow Up (Tristan Bates Theatre). For The Scratch at Phoenix Artist Club - Writer: The Robbing Class, Full Circle, Well-Groomed, A Day in the Life at the World Famous, Millie's NanWriter/director: Kitty. Director: Armour by Emma Pritchard, Fruitlessness by Amy Toledano.

Directing credits include: 

Marathon for You by Northern Highlights (Camden Fringe 2019), Walk of Shame by Glass Half Full Productions (White Bear Theatre), The German Girls (Lion & Unicorn, Camden Fringe), Brittle Britain (Wandsworth Arts Fringe), Power (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Full Circle (Drayton Arms), And The Award Goes To... and Ordinary Days for The Out of Work Collective (Ye Olde Rose & Crown), The Staff Room (The Bunker, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Theatre N16, G Live, Edinburgh Fringe), Hearts & Minds (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), and associate director/choreographer for Split (Brighton Fringe). 

Assistant Director: Cinderella (Mercury Theatre Colchester, assisting Ryan McBryde)

Recent Acting credits include:

Sarah in Monkey Sing the Happy Song (Workshop - Hampstead Theatre), Rachel in Sad About the Cows (Tristan Bates Theatre / White Bear Theatre), Swing for Les Enfants Terribles' Inside Pussy Riot (Saatchi Gallery), Alice in Adventures in Wonderland (The Vaults), Tina Trott in David William's Rat Burger (Heartbreak Productions UK tour) and Anastasia in Drinks (Basic Space Festival).

Michelle won Best in Fringe for her play Full Circle about mental health at the Brewery Fringe Festival.

Upcoming: 

Director - Find Me (No Fixed Address @ Vault Festival 2020),

Director - Walk of Shame (Ed Fringe 2020).

Writer - Mind over Matter: The Musical (TBA).

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