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Michelle completed 15 months on tour with the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I directed by Bartlett  Sher where she understudied and performed the roles of Lady Thiang and Tuptim.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

December 2016

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Michelle can be seen in Episode #1 of THE OA which can be streamed on NETFLIX where she played a Field Reporter. 

Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for a secret mission. ... Seven years after her disappearance, a young woman returns with a remarkable gift, a haunting story and a feverish new mission.

August 2016

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Michelle played Eileen in the  Finger Lakes Opera production of I Love A Piano directed by Gary John La Rosa and musical directed by Aaron McAllister.

I LOVE A PIANO is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin's most beloved songs, including classics such as 'Blue Skies,' 'There's No Business Like Show Business,' 'Puttin' on the Ritz,' 'Cheek to Cheek,' 'Always,' 'How Deep is the Ocean,' 'Anything You Can Do,' 'God Bless America,' and, of course, 'I Love a Piano.' Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I LOVE A PIANO is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had 'no place in American music - he is American music.'

July 2016

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Michelle played Chin in The Baby Project which was presented in the Reading Series at the New York Musical Festival.

Book by Lori Ada Jaroslow; Music by Fonda Feingold & Noriko Olling; Lyrics by Fonda Feingold & Lori Ada Jaroslow 

How far would you go to make a family?
Dana Jacobson, a fortyish, single New Yorker, leaves her colorful family of origin and moves to Los Angeles to start one of her own. As she careens through the world of medically assisted fertility she is forced to ponder the question – What exactly constitutes a family? Dana finds herself at the mercy of the foster care system, the L.A. public schools, HMO’s, and L.A. traffic. Dana’s dream comes true in a way she hadn't envisioned. Ultimately, THE BABY PROJECT gives voice to the ever-changing face of the American family.

December 2015

Michelle can be seen in Episode #13 of LIMITLESS which aired on CBS where she played a polygraph examiner.  Check out the clip on the media page.

A drama based on the 2011 feature. The series follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.


July 2015

Excited to announce that The A Team's film "2B" in which Michelle produced and starred made the Asian American Film Labs Top 40 films of the 72 Hour Film Shootout 2015!! 

 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Red Carpet Event 7.25.15 Michelle with Jennifer Betit Yen, Tina Chen, Martin Sola & John Haggerty   

11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Red Carpet Event 7.25.15
Michelle with Jennifer Betit Yen, Tina Chen, Martin Sola & John Haggerty



July 2015

Michelle played Gwen in Between Us Productions "THE FAIRER SEX" written by Sander Gusinow and directed by Samantha Lee Manas.

In The Fairer Sex the battle of the sexes has become an all-out war. The women of the world, fed up with subjugation and sexual violence, have cast off the chains of oppression and staged a global revolution. But all is not well in the New World Order, as the brutal pro-male insurgency has swelled under the grip of a terrifying new leader. A brash dark comedy about passion, vengeance, and sexual politics, The Fairer Sex is certain to shock, inflame, and delight with visceral glee. For mature audiences only. 

April 2015

Michelle appeared as Dr. Glover in Episode #13 of ALLEGIANCE which aired on NBC.  Click on the media page above to see the clip!

Allegiance centers on Alex O’Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, who learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen) and Katya (Hope Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees.



Michelle played a supporting role in the upcoming Indie feature film titled SEEDS which was shot on location in Jamestown, RI.

When his increasingly depraved behavior spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. But instead of finding solace, Marcus is haunted by his darkest fears and deepest desires.


Michelle played Nurse Jane Kass in last season's Hostages on CBS starring Toni Collette.

A successful surgeon (Collette) living in Washington D.C. is selected to operate on the President of the United States. She is thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage, and it is up to her to save the lives of her husband and children.

January 2015


It's official, our 72 Hour Film Project has begun!!  We had our first writing session yesterday which went really well.  We are off to a great start.  Meet my fellow writers....John Haggerty, Michael Halling, Alexander Rovang, Martín Solá, Nicholas Urda, and Jeffrey Wolfe. 


December 2014

Michelle and Martín taught an On-Camera Acting Workshop at Michael Lamb's Performing Arts Programs in Windsor, CT.  It was a pleasure working with such a talented group of young artists.





Michelle, an actress and singer based in New York City, is the proud daughter of a Taiwanese mother and an Irish-American father.  Her multi-cultural background has impacted her world-view since an early age and has given her a unique perspective that has informed her life and work. 

Michelle’s pursuit of a career in film and television has led to numerous appearances in high-profile projects including: Hostages (CBS), Off Duty (NBC), One Life to Live (ABC), It’s Complicated (Universal) and  Every Little Step (Sony).  She has also appeared in commercials for Verizon, Volkswagon and Baby’s R Us.  Most recently, Michelle finished filming the Independent Feature Film entitled Seeds on location in Jamestown, RI.

Michelle’s desire to elevate her craft and her commitment to empowering others to realize their dreams spurred her to organize a weekly ‘On Camera/Audition Prep Class’.  The class is held in conjunction with her acting coach Charles Tuthill.  This class has developed into a collective of professional working actors who have booked distinguished television, film, and theatre gigs.  Recent bookings include Hostages (CBS), Gotham (FOX), Alpha House (Amazon), Yoshimi and the Pink Robots (La Jolla), Avenue Q (Human Race) and Shakespeare Lab (The Public).

Michelle’s early training was in musical theater.  There she practiced extensively as a singer, dancer and actor.  She has worked in many of the premiere theaters throughout the country including Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, City Center, Lincoln Center, KC Starlight, Fox Theater, Pantages Theatre, Wolftrap and North Shore Music Theatre, in addition to National Tours of “The King and I” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.

In addition to her artistic pursuits, Michelle has worked for one of the top cosmetic companies in the world.  She has a true passion for makeup and skincare.  And her years of experience with some of the leading global brands make her a knowledgeable advocate on issues surrounding skincare and wellness.