Michelle Bellaver is a performer, director, writer, and theatre educator. Recently, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Performance and Directing at Jacksonville State University where she directed the 2019 Southern Playwrights Competition winning play Winston Drives Big Jim. In 2019, she was an Artist-in-Residence at The Tank NYC, where she co-wrote and directed the play Bad Egg, a re-gendered, contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare's Hamlet, set in the world of women’s Mixed-Martial Arts cage fighting. Bad Egg also received readings, development workshops and works-in-progress showings at the Purple Rose Theatre Company and Dixon Place. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. Michelle's artistic and academic focus has been on feminist performance practices, including a guest lecture on "Performing Feminism: Gestus and Top Girls by Caryl Churchill" at Franklin and Marshall College in the department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Michelle is an acting company member of the Hippodrome Theatre in Florida and her acting has been seen at La MaMa, LPAC, Nuance Theatre Company, Word for Word (Z Space), and the Renegade Theatre Experiment. She is a member of the Lessac International Training and Research Institute, SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. Michelle's short story writing can be found in The Windsor Review: International Journal.