Michele Lee

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Michele Lee is a Hmong-Australian writer working across television, film, stage, books, audio and live art.

Michele co-wrote an episode of Matchbox/ SBS limited episode series HUNGRY GHOSTS, which airs in 2020, and co-wrote the pilot for SECRET THREADS for producer Rebecca Ingram. Michele is currently writing the pilot for CLOUD NINE, a Film Vic funded project, created by Trudy Hellier.

Michele’s latest play SECURITY was a finalist for the Patrick White Award in 2020 and is slated for a world premiere in 2021. Her play SINGLE LADIES was due to open at Red Stitch in Melbourne in March 2020 but was postponed due to Coronavirus prevention measures.

GOING DOWN was presented by Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company in 2018. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Nick Enright Prize, an Australian Writer’s Guild Award and five Green Room Awards in 2019.

RICE was presented by Queensland Theatre, Griffin Theatre and Hothouse Theatre in 2017. 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 Nick Enright Prize in 2018.

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

Other theatre and live art works include: AN ASSISTANT’S NOTES FOR A PANDEMIC, an Arts House Refuge project (2018); THE NAKED SELF, commissioned by Arts House and presented in the Festival of Live Art (2016); OFF CENTRE, a short play as part of Sydney Theatre Company’s POWER PLAYS season (2016); and GOING AND GOING, a radio commission for Radio National (2015). 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, and was broadcast on Radio National in 2014.

She currently has three theatre projects in development: HOW DO I LET YOU DIE?, interactive work SQUISHY TAYLOR adapted from novels by Ailsa Wild and produced by Simon Bedford, and a novel adaptation commissioned by Malthouse Theatre.

Michele has been in residence at The Playwright’s Centre in USA, Radio National and in Laos on an Asialink residency and has featured twice in the main program for the National Playwriting Festival. She has mentored younger artists through Melbourne Theatre Company, The Wheeler Centre, 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.