Michelle St Anne

Artistic Director

Michelle St Anne is a site-responsive artist whose immersive and intimate performances create unique audience experiences. Michelle’s work is deeply symbolic, responding to site-specific architectures, audience movement, and embodied participation through lighting, smell, sound, and temperature shifting the way audiences perceive critical issues of our time. This produces work that leaves a profound impact on audiences long after the performance has finished. Michelle’s practice interrogates collaboration and devising to re-write bodily and societal scripts. Her latest collaborators include Alexandra Spence, Julie Vulcan, Michaela Gleave, Will Hansen and academics such as David Roesner (LMU – Munich) and Megan Mackenzie (SFU – Canada). More recently with Janet Laurence (Requiem Sydney Festival 2021), Ensemble Offspring (Sydney Festival (2020 & 2021) and a new video series with Ensemble Offspring and Hospital Hill.

Outside of her artistic practice Michelle lives in Sydney and has a long-term research career exploring environmental issues and the link between social forms of violence.

Michelle was a founding member and Deputy Director at the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney (2013 – 2021) where she oversaw 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 the Conservatorium of Music, 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.