Published on September 8, 2011 by Amy
Michelle has been working professionally in film, television and theatre for over twenty years, being cast in her first role in Isaac Littlefeathers in 1984. She now has dozens of credits in the industry as well as awards and special recognitions. Some of her television credits include being a regular character on the popular series Moccasin Flats.
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She starred in the comedy hit Mixed Blessings as Kate, and the APTN pilot Blackstone, in which she was honored to receive the Best Supporting Actress award at the 33rd Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. She also received a Best Actress Award nomination at the 2010 Alberta Film & Television Awards. She is also known for her role in the CBC series North of 60 as Sylvie Lebret. Michelle has appeared in numerous films such as Unnatural and Accidental ; shot in Vancouver with a strong cast of Aboriginal leading ladies, this award winning film explored the disappearance of women on the lower east side and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She won the award of Best Supporting Actress at the First Americans in the Arts Awards in Los Angeles in 1999 for her role opposite Jack Palance in the western Ebeneezer. She was also cast in the films Pathfinder, Don’t Call Me Tonto, and the cult classic Deadman, whom she played opposite Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer.
Michelle was a long time member of Crazy Horse Aboriginal Theatre Company in Calgary for seven successful years and eventually became the Artistic Director. She has written, directed, and produced theatre as well as had many leading roles across Canada.
Known for her work in the community Michelle has toured extensively through both Canada and the States with her one-woman shows. Working with youth and children has been a very important aspect of her career as she teaches classes as well as uses her skills as an actress to promote healing through the arts.
Birth Name: Michelle Thrush
Birth Place: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date of Birth: February 6, 1967