Michele Spears is a theatre director, choreographer, actress and arts educator living in Los Angeles. As a director/choreographer she has staged works for the Carpenter Center, Alex Theater, The Colony, Falcon Theater, Contemporary Musical Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Cornerstone Theatre, Santa Barbara CLO Youth Program, The Migrant Youth Theatre Project, Musical Theatre Guild at The Pasadena Playhouse and the Mercury Music Development Company in London, among others. She has been an associate artist with the Academy of New Musical Theatre 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 starring Jerry Herman.
Most recently she choreographed for the web series Learning Town and directed Wake Up Your Weird , which was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference and at the O’Neill Theatre Center. WUYW made it’s New York debut in May, 2012 at the Marjorie S. Deanne Little Theatre under a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. Directing highlights include the world premier of Something Special – the Lyrical Life of Billy Barnes starring Nancy Dussault (Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs), A Little Traveling Music (New York Nightlife Cabaret Award – Best Comedy/Variety Show), and One Night Stand – An Improvised Musical with executive producer Marc Platt (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Hudson Theatre, L.A.). Other choreography credits include Fellowship! (NYMF 2011, LA Weekly Award – Best Musical), Bat Boy and The Rocky Horror Show (Santa Barbara Independent Awards – Best Choreography), as well as the feature films Nightingales, The Wizard of ID and Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss (American Choreographer’s Award – Nomination).
As an actress, Michele continues to work in theatre, television and film, and performs regularly with the Los Angeles based long-form improvisational theatre company Impro Theatre. As an educator, she has taught acting, improvisation and writing for 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.