Michelle Dahlenburg creates playful, welcoming spaces for creativity, authentic connection, and dialogue. As a theatre artist, educator, and facilitator, she works at the intersection of art and community, civic, and social change. She is currently the Artistic Director of Conspire Theatre, where she creates and facilitates theatre and creative writing programs for women during incarceration and after. She teaches Drama-Based Instruction/Creative Drama at Texas State University and is a story producer/performer for Mortified Austin. She has trained with Pig Iron Theatre, Hideout Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, and Ping Chong & Company, among others. Michelle is a 2013 Arts & Culture Fellow for the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and the 2014 recipient of the Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from Texas State University.
Michelle has also been program manager for HATCH, a project manager and audio producer for HATCH/Fusebox/Via Hope’s 4 Plus 4 Equals art and mental health project,an oral historian for Foodways Texas, and a workshop facilitator for Creative Action, Still Point Theatre Collective, American Theatre Company, Texas Folklife, the Paramount Theatre, the University of Texas at Austin, and many other organizations and projects.
As a singer, actor, and solo performer, Michelle has performed in Chicago and Austin companies such as Paper Chairs, the Story Wranglers, Mortified Austin, Erasing the Distance, Tantalus Theatre Group, Live Bait Theatre, Prop Thtr, American Theatre Company, Curious Theatre Branch, New Millennium Theatre Company, Texas State University, Baylor University, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Michelle holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin.