Bio

Michele Spears is a director/choreographer, performer, theatre producer, and arts educator based in Los Angeles.

Her work has been recognized with New York Nightlife, L.A. Weekly, Saturn, UNIMA, Stagescene L.A., Dramalogue, and Santa Barbara Independent Awards, as well as an American Choreographers Award nomination.

As a director/choreographer her work has been presented at theatres across the country and overseas including the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, London’s Covent Gardens, The O’Neill Theater Center, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Disney/ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop, REDCAT, Cornerstone Theatre, The Carpenter Center, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Colony, The Cinegrill, Stage 72/The Triad, The El Portal, The Falcon, and the Migrant Youth Theatre Project.

She has been an associate artist with The Musical Theatre Guild where she staged numerous productions including Extraordinary! A Musical Tribute to Stephen Schwarts starring Jason Alexander; the Academy of New Musical Theatre/New Musicals Inc. where she directed and helped to develop original musicals; and with the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus where favorite projects include Simply Sondheim starring Joanna Gleason and Jerry’s Boys with special guest Jerry Herman.

On screen she choreographed the feature film Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss starring Sean Hayes, the independent films The Wizard of Id and Nightingales, and the web series Learning Town.

With Page One Productions, and executive producer Marc Platt, she produced the critically acclaimed west coast premier of An Oak Tree, starring British writer/performer Tim Crouch; and the completely improvised musical, One Night Stand, which played to sold out houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years in a row.

As an actress, Michele continues to work in theatre, television and film, and is a founding member of the award winning and critically acclaimed long-form improvisational theatre company, IMPRO THEATRE. She performs with them throughout Los Angeles and for special engagements across the country in their repertoire of styles including Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Chekhov, Jane Austen, Film Noir, and Stephen Sondheim. She is also a director for the company and an instructor at the Impro School.

She has also taught acting, movement, voice, dance, improvisation and writing for institutions including  USC, UCLA, LA Unified Artists In Residency Program, and Harvard-Westlake School. Michele is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the Directors Lab West.

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