We’re constantly inspired by those we work with, and the National Performing Arts Festival’s featured actor Michelle Knight is no exception.
Best known for taking on fun and outspoken parts, Michelle’s role as Dory in Disney World’s musical rendition of the hit-movie Finding Nemo proves that she’s a triple threat: actress, singer and…puppeteer. Using bunraku, a Japanese style of puppetry in which the body of the puppeteer becomes a part of the puppet, Michelle portrays the lovably forgetful Blue Tang fish in front of Disney World audiences.
Along with her role as Dory, Michelle currently stars as Snow White in off-Broadway’s "Disenchanted", a satirical production that offers a modern day look at the Disney Princesses. Highly critical of the concepts of “damsels in distress” and “knights in shining armor,” Michelle’s lily-white character leads her fellow princesses through cabaret-style tales of sexuality, body image and self-esteem.
Michelle showed off her range in Broadway’s Jersey Boys, where she played up to 15 roles in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and on Tour. Other achievements include memorable roles in Grease, Annie, My Fair Lady, Carousel and Guys and Dolls.
Students attending the 2015 National Performing Arts Festival can prepare to be inspired by Michelle. In addition to giving an intimate performance, the actress will describe her experiences to students and will introduce them to the professional world of theater during a Q&A session.