Michelle Weilert grew up in Dallas, Texas, where her childhood was spent making up elaborate stories. Her first professional theatrical byline was at the age of 17 and seeing her work on stage gave her the strength to tell her parents that yes, she wanted a career as a writer.
Michelle went on to study playwriting at Loyola Marymount University, where she was mentored by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Beth Henley and where she also received the honor of being the only student to ever be named “Playwright of the Year” twice. While at LMU, she had several plays produced off-Broadway and after graduation was invited back to be an adjunct professor of playwriting.
She spent the next five years working in Hollywood during which time she had several pilots in development at production companies, including one at CBS. Burnt out on old white men telling her what was funny, she decided to return to the theatre. She received a grant from Brunel University that took her to the UK for a year to conduct interviews and research that ultimately became “The Pink Cage,” a play about how societal narratives shape female gender identity. She hopes it will deliver a message of female empowerment, a subject that has long been of importance to her. In 2019, she began research for a male counterpiece to “The Pink Cage” because she believes freeing men and women from toxic ideals involves collaboration.
While theater remains her first love, Michelle has also recently written her first book and is currently working on her second. Additionally, she runs her own business called Legacy Letters, creating ’emotional wills’ for her clients, which she finds a great way to keep her skills sharp and also find further proof of how much beauty there is in this world. When not writing, Michelle can be found teaching Liquid Motion dance classes–because, as she firmly believes, the body has its own language and much to say.
Michelle is repped by Aevitas Creative Management in NYC for her literary work. For any inquires regarding theatrical works, please contact her directly here.