Michele Lee

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Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian playwright working across stage, audio and live art.

Michele’s play RICE won the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, an Australian Writer’s Guild Award, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Enright Prize in 2018.

Previous theatre and live art works in 2018 include AN ASSISTANT’S NOTES FOR A PANDEMIC, an Arts House Refuge Project, and GOING DOWN, performed in Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company. Michele’s play THE NAKED SELF was commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company and performed at Arts House, Festival of Live Art in 2016. In 2012 she wrote six short audio plays, TALON SALON, which were presented at Next Wave Festival in 2012, You are Here and Darwin Festival in 2013, as well as broadcast on Radio National in 2014 (THE CHAIR).

Michele’s 2012 radio play SEE HOW THE LEAF PEOPLE RUN won an Australian Writer’s Guild award for Best Original Radio Drama.

Michele currently has two plays in development, SINGLE LADIES and SECURITY, and she is a performance writer for the interactive work SQUISHY TAYLOR, adapted from the novels by Alisa Wild, and produced by Simon Bedford.

Michele has been in residence at The Playwright’s Centre in USA, Radio National and in Laos (Asialink residency). She has featured twice in the main program for the National Playwriting Festival.

Michele was a script mentor for THE RIBCAGE COLLECTIVE in 2016, and workshopped the original concept DAN CHOI with Daniel Han, through Maltouse Theatre. She has mentored younger artists though Australian Theatre for Young People, Union House Theatre and City of Melbourne’s Signal Program.

Michele’s creative non-fiction memoir BANANA GIRL is published by Transit Lounge.