Actor. Presenter. Director. Writer. Mother
Michelle Robertson is an Actor, Director, Playwright, Presenter, Journalist, Mentor and Mother.
Having started her professional working career as a journalist and radio presenter it made perfect sense to then delve into the realms of writing for stage and screen as a hobby, while paying the bills working in Public Relations, Marketing and Event Management - work that took her around the world and providing the opportunity to meet an extraordinary amount of incredible people, experiencing amazing places and allowing for experiences that would shape who she is on stage as an Actor and the lens she looks through as both Playwright and Director.
Michelle has worked in the performing arts industry for almost 30 years, from school productions to community and amateur productions to training with industry professionals at NIDA and on to performing in professional and independent theatre in a number of countries. She has now based herself in Melbourne, having recently returned to the professional stage in Australia after having a family.
Having just completed a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree (Theatre and Performance) at Monash University's Centre for Theatre & Performance, where she undertook a range of roles during her degree, comprising; direction, scriptwriting, performance and theatre-making. Recent work at Monash Centre for Theatre & Performance includes; performances as Claire in The Maids, Marie Antoinette in Let Them Eat Cake, collaboratively produced new musical Death Comes Calling directed by Nate Gilkes (2016) and a new devised work, Figment under the direction of Jolyon James (2018) both for Monash Academy of Performing Arts.
She is currently working on an upcoming touring production with Melbourne-based theatre company Burning House, which will see the team take AJAX (a contemporised production of Sophocles' Greek tragedy Aias) to Sydney, where The Old 505 will produce this stunning and intense production as part of their 2019 Season.
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Michelle has enjoyed a diverse range of recent performance roles including;
Andrea in The Truth Is Longer Than A Lie, a recent touring production with Typefaster Productions;
Deborah in The Magnolia Tree, a recent touring production with Wolves Theatre Company;
Em in Disgust by Kat Moritz, a two-hander at La Mama;
Nigella in Nigella by Ian Burgess, a one-woman piece at the Frankston Arts Centre Cube37;
Julie in ERIC, a two-hander at The Owl and Cat Theatre;
A member of the company troupe in Thirty-Nine by Shaz Mullens with Fresh Theatre;
A member of the company troupe in Dinner With Addiction at The Owl and Cat Theatre;
Millie Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version and her award-nominated role Lysistrata in Lysistrata, both with Dionysus Theatre.
Michelle recently completed a Dramaturgy internship with Mark Pritchard at Malthouse Theatre (2017), has written a number of recent plays, including Adam and Eve, which was produced as part of Arete:Gamma one-act play festival (2017) and has directed various productions including Two Little Words and The Vagina Monologues, both at Monash University Centre for Theatre & Performance and Still Waters which was part of Arete:Delta one-act play festival (2018).
Michelle has recently started her own theatre company, Word For Word Theatre, which is a verbatim-based theatre company tackling social issues head-on through words spoken exactly by people that have been affected, are protagonists in or have something to say about certain social issues…Word For Word Theatre opens up the dialogue, is honest and allows those who don’t get a voice to be heard on stage. Keep an eye out on upcoming work by this group soon.
‘Michelle Robertson is a gifted, natural performer. Her vitality and zest for her art form are apparent. She immediately stands out and has an innate ability to stamp her mark on potentially tricky scenes. Among them was a monologue she absolutely nailed. Michelle doesn’t play safe, rather trusts her instincts and those are finely tuned. We, the audience, are undoubtedly the beneficiaries’.
Theatre First, Dec 2016
'...it must be noted that both Robertson and Burgess are magnetic. The dialogue becomes secondary to the natural warmth and charisma exuded by the two performers; they remain hypnotic on stage despite the convoluted trail of their conversation'
‘Beginning Act 2 is Michelle Robertson as Nigella, yes, THE food goddess…it is uproariously funny, yet underscored with pockets of truthfulness at the same time. Robertson cleverly intermingles with the audience with hilarious results’.
‘Michelle Robertson did a splendid job in the lead role of Lysistrata…she soon warmed up to take full and complete command of the space’.
NOTE: For this role - I was nominated for Best Actress (Lead role) in a Comedy, Victorian Drama League awards
‘A truly thrilling scene. Genuine moments of discovery for me…an electric and powerful Claire!’
Luisa Hastings Edge (Greenroom Nominee) Adjudicator