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...multi-cultural, indigenous-mexican, brown, and therefore interested in challenging the presumed traditional American narrative. The work she strives to create is twofold: Theater that amplifies the voices, images, and histories of those whose experiences are not, but assumed to be small, forgotten, or irrelevant; and theater that resonates with the innate human desire for connection and laughter, in new and more magical means.
Although her work is modern and experimental in nature, the inclusivity of non-western tradition is crucial to her goal of bridging the gap induced by colonial, euro-centric theater education. Her approach challenges normative patterns of time, sound, and aesthetic, by utilizing mixed mediums to create the kind of mystical experience that can only exist in live theater. Not bound by one structure, Michaela adapts to the needs of each process with joy, embraces creative fluidity, and seeks to establish an environment of autonomous installation in which each artist is a leader. Her practice fights against economy based theater, instead acknowledging that artistic process holds equal weight with what the audience receives.
Her work does not hold one truth, but reminds us of the role that theater can play in multi-voiced education, inclusivity, accessibility, and conversation in the current political divide.
Michaela has established her emerging professional career at theaters in New York, California, and Alaska. She is a 2017 KCACTF nominee, 2019 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab member, and 2020 resident director at The Tank. Additional training and performance include work with LAMDA (London), Independent Shakespeare Co., and Native Voices (Los Angeles).
She really likes:singing about potatos on her ukulele
developing any skills a spy would need
lord of the rings