Michelle Deines

Michelle Deines is a award-winning writer, producer, and director.  Her plays include To the Moon (Vancouver Fringe 2007), The Critic (Brave New Play Rites 2010), The Submarine (Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary 2010), and The Universal Knitting Revival Club (co-writer, Firehall Arts Centre 2011). She directed and co-wrote (with performer Kathryn Kirkpatrick) I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humpderdinck (2013 & 2015), which  The Vancouver Sun called,  "A lot of fun and with a poignancy that is well earned.  Humperdinck should be proud!"  Bastard Daughter was nominated for Outstanding New Script at the 2015 Jessie Richardson Awards.  Ghosts in Baghdad premiered in Vancouver in 2014, was nominated for the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding New Script, and won the Special Merit Award in Theatre BC's 2013 Playwriting Competition.  She also writes in other genres, including non-fiction and poetry.  Publications include works in Canadian Dimension, The Antigonish Review, and Contemporary Verse 2.  She is Co-Artistic Producer of Working Spark Theatre, a company she founded in 2007. Michelle has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.  


Award Category Year Play
Theatre BC Playwriting Contest Special Merit Award 2013 Ghosts in Baghdad
Outstanding New Script (Nomination) Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards 2014 Ghosts in Baghdad
Tom Hendry Awards (Shortlist) Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award 2013 The Toilet Paper Caper