Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian playwright and theatre-maker working across stage, live art and screen. Her work is led by characters, and is often about stories, text and language. She writes/makes work that uses humour to explore stories of women, otherness and found families. Her work is busy and abundant with detail.
Her play GOING DOWN (Malthouse Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company) was a finalist for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, Drama; a finalist for the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Nick Enright Prize; a finalist for the 2019 Australian Writers’ Guild stage drama award and nominated for 5 x 2019 Green Room Awards. Her play RICE (Queensland Theatre/Griffin Theatre/Hothouse Theatre) won the 2016-17 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the 2018 Australian Writers’ Guild stage drama award and was a finalist for the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Nick Enright Prize. Her radio play SEE HOW THE LEAF PEOPLE RUN (Radio National) won the 2013 Australian Writers’ Guild radio drama award.
Upcoming shows include HOUSE SISTERS (Monash University) and input into I’M WITH HER (Darlinghurst Theatre). Current works in development include SINGLE LADIES (Red Stitch), SECURITY (Darebin Speakeasy), HOW DO I LET YOU DIE? (Arts House) and input into SQUISHY TAYLOR AND THE SHRUB THAT WENT (The Inhabitors/Royal Botanic Gardens).
Michele co-wrote for Matchbox Production’s 4-part drama HUNGRY GHOSTS and is co-writing the pilot episode for Rebecca Ingram’s SECRET THREADS.
Michele has been awarded various residencies and fellowships and continues to assess and judge for major awards/programs.
Michele is a member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, and is proud to be union.