Michelle Beck

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Michelle Beck
Michelle Beck
Michelle Beck (right) with Jenni Barber at Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Born Billings, Montana
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Michelle Beck is an American actress based in New York City known for her performances in Shakespeare plays and other stage works. She has also appeared in film and television.

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. She continued her university training at the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory, where she graduated magnum cum laude with a BFA in Acting.[1][2]


Beck began her career at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she performed in The Winter's Tale and as Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac. She appeared as Sasha in Spinning Into Butter (2007), a film about racism starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Beck first garnered attention in 2007 as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Kahn.[3][4] Later that year, she worked with director Daniel Fish, playing Marianne in his Tartuffe at the McCarter Theater and Yale Repertory Theater.[5] In 2009, Beck appeared as Viola in a Chicago Shakespeare Theater production of Twelfth Night, directed by Josie Rourke.[6] In 2008, she reprised her role as Ophelia in Hamlet.[7]

Beck next appeared in The Bridge Project, a joint venture between the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and The Old Vic Theater in London, directed by Sam Mendes. Beck played Celia in As You Like It and Ceres in The Tempest (both in 2010).[8] She also appeared in Shakespeare productions at The Public Theater, including Karin Coonrod's production of Love's Labour's Lost as Lady Katharine (2011) and Amanda Dehnert's Richard III as Lady Anne (2012). She played Hero in the Theater for a New Audience's production of "Much Ado About Nothing", directed by Arin Arbus (2013).[9]

Beck also appeared as the nurse in the 2013 LCT3 production of "A Kid Like Jake", written by Daniel Pearle and directed by Evan Cabnet at the Claire Tow Theater in Lincoln Center.[10][11] Beck worked on the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Kenny Leon, as the understudy for Beneatha.[12] At The Pearl Theatre Company in 2014, in Uncle Vanya, a reviewer wrote: "Beck steals the show as Sonya, revealing her to be the most intelligent and sensible character in the play. She's the glue holding this house together"[13] With Epic Theater Ensemble and National Black Theater in 2015, she played Isabella in Measure for Measure.[9] She also played Kelly in The Sentinels by Matthew Lopez at 59E59 Theaters.[14]

In 2014, she played Hayden in a film adaptation of The Third Option. She played Julia in, and co-directed, the independent film Sam & Julia (2015). Her television credits include Madam Secretary [15] and Homeland (2015).


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Ambition's Debt Antony's Servant
2015 Homeland Night Nurse
2015 Madam Secretary Paramedic
2014 Sam & Julia Julia
2013 The Third Option Hayden
2012 Death of a Prince Alisa
2008 Spinning Into Butter Sasha


  1. ^ "Who's Who – Michelle Beck", Playbill Vault, accessed August 13, 2015
  2. ^ "Michelle Beck", BroadwayWorld.com, accessed August 13, 2015
  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. ^ Zibart, Eve. "Hamlet to Be Free at Carter Barron", The Washington Post, May 16, 2008, accessed August 13, 2015
  8. ^ "The Bridge Project 2010: As You Like It, The Tempest". Kate Kellaway, Guardian. June 26, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Michelle Beck", AboutTheArtists.com, accessed August 13, 2015
  10. ^ "Hollywood Reporter". May 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "NY Times". January 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Michelle Beck", Internet Broadway Database, accessed August 13, 2015
  13. ^ Stewart, Zachary. Uncle Vanya, 'TheaterMania.com, September 21, 2014, accessed August 13, 2015
  14. ^ "2015's Summer Shorts Festival Opens at 59E59 Theaters", TheaterMania.com, August 11, 2015
  15. ^ Star, Melody. "CBS Press Release: Madam Secretary Mar 22 Episode 1.17 – 'Face the Nation'", StarWatchByline.com, March 5, 2015

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