An Edmonton native, Michelle has been active in the arts community for over 25 years as an actor, writer, choreographer, director, facilitator, and producer.  A graduate of MacEwan's Theatre Arts program Michelle most recently performed with Catalyst,  Saint Maggie Productions, Shadow Theatre, and Northern Light Theatre and was 2020's recipient of Theatre Alberta's Michelle Dias Community Award.  

 

Michelle will be performing her one-woman show DEEP FRIED CURRIED PEROGIES at the 2022 Hamilton Fringe Festival, marking the 20th time the show has been produced. 

Performing this show involved conversations that led to working for an anti-racism organization as a facilitator/ director for youth (13-17) of African descent developing leadership skills through performing arts. Through story-telling, poetry, dance, movement, and music, participants would create a final production that was their story created by them.

This format was adapted for several school sites for first and second generation Canadian youth.  Michelle brought a similar format to the Bullying Awareness Network in collaboration with Community Initiatives Against Family Violence. Her work with youth made Michelle realize the evolution of discrimination and the importance of people feeling seen and heard.

Michelle recently wrote wrote a script for Concrete Theatre touring to schools as part of their Anti-Racism and Change Series. In the short film, called HOODIES, the siblings discuss the unwritten rules of being Black and navigating their world.

Photos by Tim Leyes