Michelle St Anne is the Deputy Director at the Sydney Environment Institute where she oversees the Institute’s operations and engagement, including its notable public programme. Michelle is also an Honorary Associate of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and member of the Institute of Criminology. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Actors Centre Australia and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Michelle has been a practising multidisciplinary theatrical artist for over twenty years. She is the co-founder and artistic director of The Living Room Theatre where she has created, directed, and performed in 26 original works that have found homes in flagship venues like Sydney Opera House, Carriageworks, and Pier 2/3, as well as non-theatrical spaces.
Building a reputation as a site-responsive artist whose immersive and intimate works eschew traditional narrative-driven performance, Michelle’s work is known for its unique, and often profound, audience engagement. She has collaborated with the acclaimed musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring, Bass Liberation Orchestra and Ensemble Onsemble. Her methodology of ‘Composing Self’ has been transposed to create a new framework for multidisciplinary collaborative research within the Institute and its networks.
Michelle’s work is centred upon themes of violence, complicity and women’s bodies. Her stories are meted out through the elongation of time, using object & light; film & movement; body, sound and space. She currently leads the multidisciplinary project, ‘Sites of Violence’, which merges artistic and academic understandings of human and non-human experiences of violence, and the processes, emotions, and meaning that this violence makes manifest.
Michelle St Anne is the Research Lead on Sites of Violence.