Michelle Beck

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Michelle Beck
Michelle Beck
Michelle Beck (right) with Jenni Barber at the opening of the Bridge Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Born Michelle Beck
Billings, Montana
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for The Bridge Project

Michelle Beck is an American actress based in New York City and Berlin.[1][2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Beck was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and attended the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, for acting.[2] She continued her university training at the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory, where she graduated magnum cum laude with a BFA in Acting.


Beck began her career at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she performed in The Winter's Tale and Cyrano de Bergerac. She also was in Spinning Into Butter, a film based on the play written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Mark Brokaw, and starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Beck first garnered attention when she played Ophelia in Hamlet[3] at the Shakespeare Theatre Company [4] in D.C., directed by Michael Kahn. She then went on to work with the director Daniel Fish playing Marianne in his Tartuffe [5] at the McCarter Theater and Yale Repertory Theater.

In 2008, Beck appeared as Viola in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater production of Twelfth Night,[6] directed by Josie Rourke, currently the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse. That year, she was also part of a staging of the Dhammapada called The Way of the Buddha [7] at the Rubin Museum, directed by Nicole Ansari with Brian Cox, Ellen Burstyn, and Linus Roache. The performance also included the Venerable Rewatha, who chanted verses in Pali.

Beck next appeared in The Bridge Project,[8] a joint venture between the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and the The Old Vic Theater in London, directed by Sam Mendes. Beck appeared as Celia in As You Like It and Ceres in The Tempest. Beck was featured along with Tony and Bafta award-winning actor Stephen Dillane, Juliet Rylance, Christian Camargo, Thomas Sadoski, Ron Cephas Jones, and Alvin Epstein.

Beck has appeared in multiple Shakespeare productions at the Public Theater, including Karin Coonrod's production of Love's Labour's Lost and Amanda Dehnert's Richard III as 'Lady Anne' opposite Ron Cephas Jones [2]. She also played 'Hero' in the Theater for a New Audience's production of "Much Ado About Nothing", directed by Arin Arbus. The cast included Maggie Siff and Jonathan Cake.

Michelle Beck also was in the LCT3 production of "A Kid Like Jake",[9] written by Daniel Pearle (recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher award [10]) and directed by Evan Cabnet at Lincoln Center.

Current work[edit]

Beck is currently working on A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway at the Barrymore Theater, the second Broadway revival of this play. This production stars Denzel Washington, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, and Sophie Okenedo. It is directed by Kenny Leon, and has been nominated for 5 Tony Awards,[11] including Best Revival of a Play.

Stage work[edit]


Year Title Role Theater Director
2014 Uncle Vanya Sonya Pearl Theater Hal Brooks
2014 A Raisin in the Sun Beneatha u/s Broadway (Barrymore Theater) Kenny Leon
2013 A Kid Like Jake Nurse LCT3 Evan Cabnet
2013 Much Ado About Nothing Hero Theater for a New Audience Arin Arbus
2012 Richard III Lady Anne Public Theater Amanda Dehnert
2011 Love's Labor's Lost Katharine Public Theater Karin Coonrod
2009-2010 As You Like It & The Tempest Celia & Ceres The Bridge Project: Old Vic and BAM Sam Mendes
2008 Twelfth Night Viola Chicago Shakespeare Theater Josie Rourke
2007 Tartuffe Marianne McCarter Theater & Yale Rep Daniel Fish
2007 Hamlet Ophelia Shakespeare Theater DC Michael Kahn


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Sam and Julia Julia Post-production
2013 The Third Option Hayden
2012 Death of a Prince Alisa
2008 Spinning Into Butter Sasha


  1. ^ "Michelle Beck at IMDB". 
  2. ^ a b "Broadway World". 
  3. ^ "Preening in Denmark". Kate Wingfield, Metro Weekly. June 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Shakespeare Theater Interview". 
  5. ^ "Tartuffe, or the Imposter". Robert L. Daniels, Variety. Oct 15, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Twelfth Night Get a Delightful Dunking at Navy Pier". Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune. October 15, 2007. 
  7. ^ "The Way of the Buddha". Lia Chang, liachang.wordpress.com. Oct 15, 2008. 
  8. ^ "The Bridge Project 2010:As You Like It, The Tempest". Kate Kellaway, Guardian. June 26, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hollywood Reporter". May 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "NY Times". January 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Essence: RAISIN gets 5 TONY Noms". April 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "About the Artists".