University of Portland

Michelle Seaton

Performing & Fine Arts, Adjunct Instructor

Michelle Seaton



Buckley Center 236

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Michelle Seaton recently moved back to Portland, Oregon, after an eight-year hiatus in New York and New Jersey, where she received an MFA in directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In addition to her MFA, she founded the New York-based company Dark Luna Productions, where she directed numerous productions, including off-off Broadway's Passage and Us vs. Them (which she also acted in). Some other NY/NJ directing credits include Egyptology, Walking Shadows, Cloud Tectonics, Voir Dire, Dog Sees God, Stop Kiss, Wilde Abandon, Rosemary with Ginger, as well as a piece from Lee Blessing's Reading Series and the 7th Inning Stretch at Miles Square Theatre.

Prior to graduate school, Michelle was the resident director and actor for Stark Raving Theatre, where she directed Drammy Award-winning ElectroPuss as well as Weeping Woman, Thrust, The Principle and the Pee and Vamp. Other Portland productions include Theatre Vertigo's The Flu Season and In the Air from the 24-Hours Play Series. Some acting credits include "T" in Us vs. Them, "Andromache" in Trojan Women, "Viola" in Twelfth Night, "Aphrodite" in Cupid and Psyche, various characters in Frogwoman, "Lenore" in Treatment, "Dora" in the 24-Hour Play, "Janie" in Isn't It Romantic, "Elma" in Bus Stop, "Mary" in Serenading Louie, "Fanny" in DarkStep & Dawning and "Sorel" in Hay Fever.

Michelle has worked in theatres such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, St. Louis Repertory, The Eugene O'Neill Center and the American Globe. She teaches acting at the University of Portland and Linfield College. Michelle is a graduate from Portland Actors Conservatory and holds a double BA in theatre and communications from Linfield College.