is a Chinese-born, Los Angeles-raised performer,
composer, choreographer, writer and director.
Her solo performances, site-specific theatrical experiences,
films, and immersive multimedia compositions
have been presented in Germany,
Italy, the Republic of Georgia, and across the U.S.
Much of her work exists at the intersection of forms and draws upon
body as geography, language in translation,
and the performance of femininity.
Songs of Body, her six-part synesthetic song cycle, merges
embodied vocal music, scent design, and wearable arduino sensor technology and is a 2016 finalist of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers.
Michelle's ongoing research in the human voice and women's folk music traditions has taken her to Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and various autonomous regions of China. She frequently leads embodied voice workshops in the U.S. and internationally.
Michelle was awarded a 2019-2020 Artists in Communities grant from California Arts Council for her ongoing work exploring the fraught onscreen and off screen history of Los Angeles Chinatown.
Her production company Nü House creates work that facilitates conversations across borders and connects diverse artists and communities around the world.
CV / Acting resume / Reel available upon request