Michele is the founder and President of TaskMaskers, Inc., a performance company that designs and performs in mask, specializing in the Commedia dell' Arte. She is a veteran of Renaissance Faires performing for over 15 years at faires and festivals across the country.
She received her BFA with honors in Acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Upon graduation, Michele toured the country with the Chamber Repertory Theater of Boston and you can even catch a quick glimpse of her in "Forrest Gump." After determining she wanted to perform at Renaissance Festivals for at least part of her living, she returned to her studies at the Dellarte School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake, California. There, she learned mask-making and performance, mime, acrobatics, melodrama, clowning, Commedia dell' Arte, and other skills to enhance the creative process.
Upon returning to Maryland, she created TaskMaskers' first company, "Teatro! di Pecorino Romano." She learned how to crack a whip, manipulate a marionette, bang a bodhran, walk badly on stilts, and fake a great Italian accent…all while performing Shakespeare. She is proud to state she's still a crappy juggler. Michele also managed to create one-mask shows and even take the commedia off the stage and into the streets as Stupina meeting and greeting the guests of all ages one on one.
Michele has taught at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, DC, the Signstage Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Young Actors' Ensemble and Genesius Actor's Training Program at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. She is currently a street director at the Maryland Renaissance festival as well as director and music writer/lyricist for The Interpreters.