"From original stand-up comedy shows, hilarious performances and stunningly moving one-woman shows like Labor, Mother Land and the upcoming Cancer Land, Michelle helps us dig deeply into both familiar and uncharted lands in our search for love and a sense of universal humanity." - Michele Lesko, Editor, IthacaLit
Winner of the 2014 "People's Choice" Award for Best Local Actor/Actress (Ithaca Times)
Michelle Courtney Berry roles - "Mother Land" (playwright - author - part of the Kitchen Theatre Solo Play Festival appearing on the same evening as Ryan Hope Travis - Directed by Rachel Lampert); Kate in "Good People" (Directed by Rachel Hockett of the Homecoming Players); Various Roles in "Love, Loss and What I Wore" (Directed by Eliza VanCort and Katie Spallone of Actors Workshop of Ithaca); "Hair Monologue" from The Vagina Monologues (at Cornell University - Directed by Khamila Alebiosu ); "Breathe -The Variety Show" (playwright/author - show Directed by Ross Haarstad of Theatre Incognita); "Labor" (playwright/author - Directed by Robert Hubbell at the Kitchen Theatre and at the Geneva Performing Arts Festival); "The Month of Not Speaking" (playwright/author - Directed by Isaac James MacDougal at the Kitchen Theatre); Woman #3 (Cornered in the Dark, Directed by Lenelle Moïse); Clare in "Proof" (Hangar Theatre - Directed by Jaye Austin Williams); and the "Lady in Blue" in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Renaissance Theatre Company).
"Since hanging out with the "experimental theatre crowd" while attending graduate school at Cornell, to moving on to the "slam poetry community" and then to writing plays, comedy sketches, one-woman shows, then staging, writing and directing variety shows and roasts...one thing remains constant - I LOVE to move a crowd, to hear the roaring laughter or palpable silence...and it's a blessing whenever I am able to "break down the third wall" - either in small, intimate theatres, to huge halls, or around a campfire in a remote village in Mozambique in Africa...These experiences are indelibly a part of me and I feel so much gratitude whenever I hit the stage..." Michelle Courtney Berry