Michele Lee

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Michele Lee is a Hmong-Australian playwright working across stage, audio, live art and screen.

Michele’s play RICE was presented by Queensland Theatre, Griffin Theatre and Hothouse Theatre. It 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. Michele’s play GOING DOWN was presented by Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Enright Prize, an Australian Writer’s Guild Award and five Green Room Awards in 2019.

Previous theatre and live art works include: AN ASSISTANT’S NOTES FOR A PANDEMIC, an Arts House Refuge project THE NAKED SELF, commissioned by Arts House and presented in the Festival of Live Art in 2016; OFF CENTRE, a short play as part of Sydney Theatre Company’s POWER PLAYS season; and GOING AND GOING, a radio commission for Radio National. 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 has an upcoming commission with Monash University, HOUSE SISTERS, and is one of the writers for Darlinghurst Theatre’s I’M WITH HER. She currently has three theatre projects in development, SINGLE LADIES, SECURITY and HOW DO I LET YOU DIE?, 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’s screen work includes co-writing for Matchbox Production’s HUNGRY GHOSTS and co-writing for Rebecca Ingram’s SECRET THREADS.

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.

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.