Michele Lee, Playwright
Michele is an Asian-Australian playwright and theatremaker working across stage and audio, based in Melbourne. Her works are about female identity, otherness, intimacy and chaotic worlds, usually through a non-Anglo perspective. Michele has been commissioned by Griffin Theatre Company, Arts House, Darwin Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Next Wave Festival, Platform Youth Theatre, Radio National, Sydney Theatre Company, St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, and Westside Circus. Her audio theatre work, Talon Salon, was presented in Next Wave Festival 2012 and re-mounted by invitation for You Are Here Festival 2013 and Darwin Festival 2013. Michele’s digital theatre work, The Naked Self, co-created with Tanya Dickson, was presented in the 2016 Festival of Live Arts. She is the recipient of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017 for Rice, the 2015 Malcolm Robertson Prize for Going Down, and the 2013 Australian Writers’ Guild Award for her radio play See How the Leaf People Run. Michele’s play, Moths, was the inaugural recipient of the Betty Burstall Commission. In 2016, she was the WrICE Early Career Fellow and a resident at the Playwrights Centre, Minneapolis, supported through the UNESCO City of Literature Travel Fund and the Australia Council. Michele is a member of the Melbourne-based New Working Group. Her memoir, Banana Girl, was published by Transit Lounge in 2013.