Michelle is a Coast Salish Indigenous performer from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, with additional ancestry from the We Wai Kai Nation. She grew up in Surrey BC, where she was immersed in the arts from a very young age.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University, and has been working professionally across Canada for over a decade as an actor, singer and writer. Most recently, Michelle had the honour of originating roles in the world premieres of three new Canadian musicals, Pollyanna and Maggie (Theatre Aquarius) and Tell Tale Harbour (Charlottetown Festival) as well as playing the first Indigenous Miss Stacy in the beloved Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival). Other select credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Arts Club), Jovie in Elf (Grand Theatre), and Eponine in Les Miserables (Chemainus Theatre Festival).
Michelle has also made headway in the voiceover world. She was a guest star on Spirit Rangers (Netflix) and recently recorded multiple voices for Barbie web shorts (Mattel), in addition to narrating multiple audiobooks and commercials.
Michelle additionally enjoys performing as a vocalist, and is honoured to be a guest singer for two amazing Indigenous music groups: Tillicum Shantie, and M'Girl.
Michelle is very proud of her ancestry, and she is doing her best to be a good role model for the youth of her Nation. Michelle received a grant from the BC Arts Council to assist her with learning the traditional Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language. She has also been attending singing/drumming gatherings with her relations, learning Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Coast Salish songs. Earlier this year, she received a grant from the Bill Millerd Artist Fund to pursue a mentorship with esteemed writer, Matt Murray, to begin work on writing a new musical based on the history of her great-great grandmother.