Michelle Payne
Director, Writer
Agent(s): Helen Mumby

Michelle is a director and writer and published playwright from Essex. She is currently director for The Collective (Young Vic: Taking Part) and associate director on the UK Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. 

In 2021 Michelle worked on Future Forms with the Donmar Warehouse and in 2019 was a recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Directors’ Scheme completing a three month residency at the Mercury Theatre Colchester.

Directing Credits: Pippin (Mountview, BA Musical Theatre), Good Enough Mums Club (UK Tour – co-director w/ Sarah Meadows), American Idiot (Chichester University), To Have & To Hold (The Bush / Mercury Theatre Colchester), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Chichester University), The Liberators by Michelle Payne (PPA), My Three Sisters by Holly Rose Hawgood (R&D, The Bush), Jess by Stephanie Silver (The Space UK Online which received an ONCOMM nomination for Digital Theatre – The Offies), Squad Goals by Michelle Payne (Dagenham & Redbridge FC), Find Me by No Fixed Address (VAULT Festival).

As Resident: The House With Chicken Legs – Olivier Nominated: Best Family Show (UK Tour), Bugsy Malone (London & UK Tour)

As Associate: Errol’s Garden (UK Tour), Pigs Might Fly from Michael Morpurgo’s MudPuddle Farm [&associate choreographer] (UK Tour), Summer Camp for Broken People (Pleasance), Headcase by Kirstin Mcilquham (The Bush).

As Writer: Michelle’s debut play Squad Goals about women’s football premiered at Dagenham & Redbridge football stadium in 2020 and is published with Salamander street. She is currently under commission with IE Productions for a new street dance play, and is developing HYPER! An ADHD Musical with EMY.P.


Short list – RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2022

Short list – Young Vic Genesis Future Director Award 2023

Long list – RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2023.