Michelle Read

International Mentorship & Bursary 2018/19
Mentor: Johanna Freiburg


Michelle’s work in performance includes playwriting, co-devising, dramaturgy, acting and improvisation. Her writing awards include the Hugh Leonard Bursary, the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award, the Stewart Parker/BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award and a Fringe First. She started out as a stand-up comic and is a founder-member and current player with the Dublin Comedy Improv. Michelle also teaches Live Art, Immersive Theatre and Ensemble Theatre for the BA Drama at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE. Her tiny play The Nation’s Assets featured in the Fishamble’s Tiny Plays For Ireland (Project 2012) and in 2011 she wrote Toxic for the eighteen graduating students of the Gaiety School of Acting. In 2011/12 Michelle was Theatre Artist in Residence, Civic Theatre / Tallaght Library where she worked with primary school groups to create eight new plays for and by children. For READCO/Living Space Theatre (1996-2008), Michelle produced, wrote and performed new and experimental work including, You Are Here (Ulsterbank Dublin Theatre Festival, 2008), The Other Side (Project, 2006), Play About My Dad (Project, 2003).

During the mentorship, Michelle will develop the form and text for Into The Blue: an immersive performance idea drawing on autobiographical memory, iconic memory and cognitive function.