Michelle Tattenbaum | The Orchard Project

Michelle Tattenbaum

Professional Residency

Years: 2017

Michelle Tattenbaum directs extensively in New York City and regionally. She directed the New York premiere of the musical Nobody Loves You by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter at Second Stage Theatre after directing the show's world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre (Craig Noel Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical). Other projects with Itamar Moses include Love/Stories (Or, But You Will Get Used To It) at the Flea. She directed and co-produced The Sublet Experiment, a site-specific, touring production that played to sold-out crowds in New York City for over six months.

Other projects in New York include: the world premieres of ms. estrada by the Q Brothers Collective and Student Body by Frank Winters both at the Flea Theater; Lisa and Leonardo and Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade for the New York Musical Festival (Best Director, Honorable Mention); plus workshops and readings at the Lark and Manhattan Theatre Club.

Regionally, she directed the Los Angeles premiere of Itamar Moses's The Four of Us. Other recent regional credits include: directing the world premiere of Roan @ the Gates by Christina Gorman at Luna Stage, Peter and the Starcatcher at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Dov and Ali by Anna Ziegler at the Chester Theatre. She has worked at Goodspeed Musicals, Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Orchard Project, the Hangar Theatre, the New London Barn Playhouse, the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Summer Residency at Dartmouth.

Michelle directs scripted podcasts, including seasons 2 and 3 of the Peabody Award-winning podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel and Christmas is Coming, a holiday podcast for kids, both for the Panoply Podcast Network. She has also directed the hit podcast Six Minutes for Gen-Z Media, which now has over 100 episodes and is downloaded millions of times every month.

Michelle worked for the Manhattan Theatre Club for three years as the Artistic Development Assistant and was closely involved in producing Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and A Class Act prior to its Broadway transfer. She was also the Artistic Associate for America In Play and Signature Theatre Company's Literary Fellow. She is currently an Associate Artist at the Flea.

She spent two summers directing at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. From 2000 to 2007, she was a member of the First Look Theatre Company, in residence at NYU's Dramatic Writing Program, and she has directed musical labs at NYU's Musical Theatre Writing Program. She was a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow (summer program at the Hangar Theatre) and is an SDC member. Michelle graduated from Yale with a degree in Theatre Studies.