Michelle is a four-time regional Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, host and actor. Drawing from her experience in broadcast journalism, she plays a newscaster in Season 5 of the acclaimed NETFLIX series "House of Cards," a TV host in the AMC TV show "Halt & Catch Fire" and a reporter in the STARZ series "Boss," opposite Kelsey Grammer. Michelle plays Dr. Natalie Shore in Season 2 of Ava DuVernay's "Queen Sugar" on OWN.
Michelle's first supporting role was in the dark comedy LUCKY, which stars Colin Hanks, Ann-Margret and Jeffrey Tambor. Michelle's other feature film credits include VENGEANCE, LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE, NAILBITER and a lead role in THE PROFIT, directed by Kevin Willmott.
Michelle was honored by Kansas City Women in Film & TV with the 2017 KCWIFT Legacy Award for her contribution to the film community.
Michelle co-wrote the feature film ARBOR DEMON with Director Patrick Rea, starring Fiona Dourif and Jake Busey. The thriller had a limited theatrical release in Toronto, Columbus, Portland and Kansas City through Gravitas Ventures. ARBOR DEMON premiered at Fright Fest UK, and screened at New York Horror Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, FANTASPORTO in Portugal and Belgium Horror Film Festival. It was released on VOD platforms in 2017 and is currently available on Amazon Prime.
Michelle has garnered acclaim working on both sides of the camera. She wrote, directed and produced the Emmy Award winning comedic short film "A Senior Moment," also recognized with a Celtx Seed Grant and audience choice awards at various film festivals around the world. She directed the musical short film "The Perfect Note," which won Best Heartland Short Film at KC FilmFest and Best Musical at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Her shorts films, including "Ready to Pop," "Good Conduct" and "Hell Week," have screened at Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, Holly Shorts, Reel Shorts in Canada, San Francisco Women's Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Festival and Rincon Festival in Puerto Rico. On the festival circuit in 2018, look out for her latest short film roles in "Repo," directed by Anthony Ladesich and "Queen for a Day," directed by Savannah Rodgers.
Michelle is a writer on the TV show "The Inspectors," which airs nationwide on Saturday mornings on CBS. It's an educational and informational show about a single mom who works as a US postal inspector alongside her son, a forensics lab intern. On each episode, the team solves a case, while teaching viewers about scams and consumer crimes. She co-wrote several episodes on Season 3 and is currently working on Season 4.
Michelle can be seen in national commercials, corporate videos and print campaigns for clients, which include Sprint, Colgate, Aldi, Hallmark and John Deere.On the small screen, Michelle hosted a daily entertainment show “Kansas City Live” on KSHB (NBC), where she interviewed celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, Sally Field and Kate Hudson. Michelle won a Mid-America Emmy for Best TV Host in 2016.
Michelle is a Semifinalist in the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting with the screenplay "No Man's Land," co-written with Jeffrey Field. The script is the Grand Prize Winner of the Screencraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest, Winner of the Nashville International Film Festival in Sci-Fi, Finalist in the 2018 Page Screenplay Contest, Semifinalist in the 2018 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Contest and Finalist in the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Contest at the Nantucket Film Festival. Jeff and Michelle were also Finalists in the Austin Film Festival pitch contest with "No Man's Land." Michelle's screenplay "Badass Betty" won Best Comedy Screenplay at the Action on Film Festival in Monrovia, California. She was also nominated for the AOF Excellence Award in Writing. Her various screenplays have been honored as a Finalist in the Omaha Film Festival, Finalist in Tulsa Film Festival, Semi-Finalist in Final Draft Screenplay Contest, Semi-Finalist in Scriptapalooza and Second Round of the Austin Film Festival.
Michelle has been on the cover of KC Stage, KC Fitness magazine and 435 South magazine. Representing KCWIFT, she was in a national campaign for Google. Michelle wrote, produced and starred in the Emmy award winning web series "The Unreal Housewives." She was also a semi-finalist in NexTV acting search.
Dedicated to supporting the local film community, Michelle has served as the president of Kansas City Women in Film & TV. She is currently a board member with the Missouri Motion Media Association and on the advisory board KC FilmFest.
Michelle is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She spent a decade working in local news as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV and KYTV, where she earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism and Missouri Broadcaster Awards.