As the newly appointed Urban Engagement Coordinator at the French-American International School of San Francisco, in fall 2018, Michelle has been focusing on the launch of an internship program for students and a speaker-salon series for parents, alumni and faculty/staff.
In her on-going capacity as the Artistic Director of the school's performing arts program, Michelle has been sharing about arts-education in the wider professional community, leading a workshop on collaboration at the National Association of Independent School's annual conference, Re-imagining Independent Schools, in spring 2019.
In 2019, Michelle has also been developing new artistic work. At the school, she is collaborating with colleague Marie Walburg-Plouvier on Electric Voices, performing in May 2019. This new work is inspired by voices - ancient, present and imagined - related to the experience of war and displacement. That project draws, in part, from materials gathered by student participants in a 2-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, which Michelle helped organize and lead, in April 2019. Electric Voices is also nourished by work and conversation with Tom Bentley-Fisher, who is also actively collaborating on the project, directing central sequences and integrating students from the Yat/Bentley Centre into the project.
Michelle is also working on developing a new iteration of Sheryl, Hamlet and Me, originally performed under the direction of Ben Yalom in fall 2017 as part of foolsFURY's Role Call. As the play's themes and source material have been a moving (and trending) target (power & influence in the digital age; Facebook's challenges; #metoo feminism, etc.), look for more to come on this evolving project in 2019!
In terms of international collaborations, Michelle is looking to the next steps in her on-going artistic conversation with Moise Toure of Les Inacheves, who has been a key thought partner since 2011 and an active collaborative partner on several projects since 2013. The work with Moise in turn relates to a wider interest in international collaboration, and connecting French-American artistic communities, in particular.
Michelle's other work in this arena has included leading foolsFURY's French Plays Project, dedicated to the translation and production of new contemporary French plays. For foolsFURY, Michelle translated and directed the US Premiere of Fabrice Melquiot's The Unheard of World in 2015. For the Playwrights Foundation, Michelle has translated Leonore Confino’s Les Uns sur Les Autres and Nathalie Fillion’s A L’Ouest (co-translated with Emily-Jane Cohen as part of the Voices Found in Translation Festival).