Michelle is a bookwriter and lyricist. Promising is her first play. She met her-time collaborator, Danny Larsen, while at New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Together, Elliott and Larsen have written six original musicals, including The Yellow Wood (which received a Richard Rodgers Award and the Daryl Roth Award), CLOAKED (which received the Jonathan Larson Award and for which Michelle was awarded the prestigious Kleban Prize for Most Promising Librettist) and their newest work, Maiden Voyage (working title), a passionate exploration of the lives of women aboard a notorious pirate ship. With her collaborator, she wrote and produced an online musical for teens in response to the spate of suicides by gay youth called The Hinterlands. The show can be viewed at HinterlandsTheMusical.com
and via Youtube. She is currently working on two new plays, Micro Life and The Cradle of Humanity, as well Hart Island, a new musical with her collaborator about New York City’s paupers’ field. In addition to an M.F.A. from NYU, she has an M.A. in Directing from University of Wisconsin – Superior and a B.A. in Performance from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Prior to moving to New York City, Michelle co-founded an independent theater company in Minneapolis, Minnesota called Frontier Theatre, where she wrote, directed and produced original musicals. Michelle is a proud member of ASCAP.