Michele O’Brien combines her experience in theatre, dance, storytelling, pre-school work, choreography and directing to weave a rich tapestry of skills that can be used to meet the bespoke needs of the theatre industry, education requirements and community groups.
Michele’s latest project ‘The Spice Box’ received excellent reviews from Poole Arts Development Department, Dorset Activate and audiences alike
- Michele’s Award-winning ‘Granny Cousins Ghost Walk of Poole Town’ continues to receive excellent reviews from audiences
- Michele won a Poole Tourism Palm Award (2004) for her one woman guided walk – ‘Granny Cousins Ghost Walk of Poole Town’
Michele O’Brien collected fantastic reviews for her role in Forest Forge Theatre Company’s ‘To the Marrow’ written by Sean Aita and Directed by David Howarth
Michele is a member of Equity – the Actors’ Union
Michele O’Brien is a member of State of Play Arts
History: So who is Michele O’Brien?
Michele is the daughter of publicans who had Pubs and Clubs in the Elephant and Castle (London) and on the River Thames at Maidenhead. They then settled in Penn Hill, Poole, Dorset and as a lively 3 year old Michele started Ballet lessons and caught the taste and senses of the stage at the Woodlands Hall, Parkstone, Poole.
Michele went to Bournemouth and Poole College where she studied under Terry Clarke at the Jellicoe Theatre and appeared in many productions including:
Michele O’Brien then progressed to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London where she studied with Brendan Coyle, Max Hillman and appeared in many productions including:
- Sweet Charity
Michele O'Brien performed in Mexico with Circo Atayde, in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Hermosa and other towns on the West Coast of Mexico. Among high class, high flyers, clowns and elephants, Michele enjoyed various roles as a dancing girl but nothing could top riding elephants in the parade.
This wealth of experience in all things dramatic led to Michele being hand picked by Max Hillman for his BBC Radio 4 play Cocaine in 2000 where she played a ‘Sloane Ranger/ Yuppee Cocaine dealer’ alongside Rhys Ifans and Robert Pew.
In 2008 Michele was hand picked for Forest Forge’s production of ‘To the Marrow’ written by Sean Aita and Directed by David Howarth.
Graham Rodgers at the Poole Museum Education service saw Michele’s potential as an actor and collaborator in the work with schools based at Scaplen’s Court Museum and she played parts as diverse as:
- Fagin in Oliver
- Alice in Alice in Wonderland
- Ned the Tudor Seafarer
Tony Horitz at Bournemouth Theatre in Education also saw Michele’s potential to work with communities and schools and employed her for ten years to tour with various shows. This progressed to Michele O’Brien working with TOPS and DATCO Theatre Companies (for people with Learning Difficulties and Physical Disabilities) out of the Boscombe Centre for Community Arts and this lead to her current role as collaborator, choreographer and Assistant Director with Double Act Theatre Company.
Michele O’Brien is now a collaborator with State of Play Arts http:// www.stateofplayarts.co.uk/
Michele has a regular storytelling session for 0-5’s at Lighthouse Poole Centre for the Arts http://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/page/ 3079/Storytelling/762