Michelle Bellaver is an inter-disciplinary director, performer, and writer working in theatre and film.
She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Performance.
Michelle's artistic and academic focus has been on inter-media performance, re-gendering and de-colonizing classical texts, new play development, and intersectional feminist performance practices, including her research on the theory and praxis of The Female Gaze in film and theatre performance and the development of an on-set methodology for "the feeling camera" in filmmaking. In 2022, she presented a paper on her research of The Female Gaze at the Lessac International Conference. She presented research on her use of the Lessac Body NRG's on set as a tool for activating "the feeling camera" in her own filmmaking practice.
As a director, her experimental, narrative feature film SAINT: 5 Etudes for Joan of Arc explores climate change, eco-feminism, and intuition through the investigation of the lives of five women crossing over 500 years in history. Recently, she directed David Adjmi's play Marie Antoinette, whichexplored her research on the use of artifice, "the feeling camera", and The Female Gaze in presenting women's interiority on stage through her creation of green screen film and curated video projections she designed as an element to investigate Marie Antoinette’s interior life.
As an actor, she has been seen at La Mama NYC, Hippodrome State Theatre, Word for Word/Z Space, Renegade Theatre Experiment, and Nuance Theatre Company. Her film roles have included the films The Selling (Amazon Prime and Apple TV) and Final Remains (Amazon Prime). She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is an acting company member of the Hippodrome Theatre, an AEA professional theatre in Gainesville, Florida.
Her playwriting has been in residence, received readings, development workshops, and works-in-progress showings at The Tank NYC, the Purple Rose Theatre Company, and Dixon Place. Her short story Honeymoon Sweet can be found in The Windsor Review: International Journal. Since 2000, she has co-produced the New Works Festival at The Hippodrome Theatre which focuses on established and emerging Florida playwrights through the workshop and public readings of new plays.
Michelle received her B.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA), an MFA in Acting from University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida). She holds the distinction of “Practitioner” with the international Lessac Research and Training Institute and is working towards her certification.
Areas of interest: Performance Art, Video Art, Experimental Film, Creative Practice, New Play Development, Projection Design, Photography, Intersectional and Eco-Feminism, and Heroine's Journey and Non-Linear Timekeeping in storytelling.