Michelle was born in a far away land; most call this magical place, Canada. When she was eight years old, her parents packed up the mini van and drove her and her two younger sisters into the heart of the desert. As the car picked up speed towards Phoenix, AZ, Michelle had nightmares of scorpions and rattlesnakes, but nothing could prepare her for the adventure she was embarking upon.
During her younger years, Michelle was a hardcore tumbling machine. You could find her at Desert Lights Gymnastics every night of the week. She even had to leave school early so that she could fit in a full workout. As she grew older, her gears shifted from sports and athletics to singing and dancing. She wanted to be on stage or in front of a camera, so she hung up her grips and hugged her teammates goodbye.
High school brought so many possibilities. Her supportive parents pushed her to pursue her dreams, so she went out for the school musical, Zombie Prom. It was the beginning of something special. After playing her first lead, she started to look for what was next. She auditioned at a small but well-known youth theatre downtown, Valley Youth Theatre. The Producing Artistic Director, Bobb Cooper, welcomed her with open arms and cast her in 10 of his shows. She was able to play every role from Snow White to Grizabella. She couldn't be more grateful to Valley Youth Theatre because they prepared her for the journey to a BFA program.
Michelle found her way to the City of Brotherly Love. She studied Musical Theatre at The University of the Arts and built a solid knowledge of her ever-growing craft. One thing that sold Michelle on the school was the importance that they put on acting. She studied Meisner and film right alongside her musical theatre classes. After four years of hard work and sleepless nights, she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
As soon as she could, she hopped on a bus to NYC. She immediately hit the pavement with 3-4 auditions daily. Then it happened: she booked her first national tour. Michelle joined the cast of SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody as Anastasia Steele. She performed in over 50 cities, including The Gramercy inNewYork City. While on tour, she met her other half and formed the musical duo, Drink Me Up. They released a 4-song EP and filmed a music video for their single, "So Be It", which won "Best Music Video" at the LA International Film Festival. For more updates on their music and/or to download their music for free, go to www.drinkmeup.net.
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