Michelle Sui is an interdisciplinary theatre artist born in China and raised in the US. Her compositions draw heavily from embodied voices and the intersection between body and voice through theatre, dance, music, literature, and film. Michelle is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Kevin Kuhlke, director). For works in development, she has assisted Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, Big Dance Theater (Annie-B Parson/Paul Lazar), Half Straddle, Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), PS122, Danspace Project/Movement Research Festival, and has worked as a translator for the Signature Theater, Lark Play Development Center, and hotINK at the Lark Festival in New York.
As a performer, Michelle has toured London, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, and has two upcoming concerts singing Balkan and Georgian music in Bulgaria and Georgia, respectively. She sings with Billy Harper's vocal ensemble and composes new works for the theatre. Her most recent chamber opera AMUR had its world premiere in New York City to a sold-out run.
Her multi-disciplinary work explores themes of childhood, memory, geography, language in translation, and the politics of body and femininity, with emphasis on a surreal visuality onstage.