Photo by Jeff Cate

Photo by Jeff Cate

Michelle Nicole Matlock is an Actor, Writer, Director, Teacher and Thriving Creative. She was selected by Cirque Du Soleil  to create the role of "Ladybug" for their bigtop touring show OVO. She has toured 8 countries and performed in over 1500 shows under the grand chapiteau with OVO.

Matlock is a native of Washington State where she studied theater at Western Washington University for three years and then went on to graduate from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. 

After her graduation from the Conservatory she immediately began playing roles for Moonwork Inc., Fay Simpson’s Impact Theater and later The New Acting Company.  In 2000 she was hand picked to join Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Krooz Komic program, which is an interactive clown program aboard their Voyager Class ships. As a Krooz Komic Michelle was introduced to the art of clowning, juggling and stilt walking. She then went on to clown for The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Circus Amok. In 2004-‘08 She was selected to clown for The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, which brings classical circus to hospitalized children at pediatric facilities across the United States.

In 2002 The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus gave Michelle her first opportunity to workshop her solo show, The Mammy Project, in front of an audience at their Palace Of Variety performance space on 42nd Street. She was given every Monday night for 12 weeks!  In 2005 The Mammy Project was Produced by Performance Space 122 in New York City's East Village. The Mammy Project has since then been presented at Universities and theaters across the US, Canada and South America.

In 2005 Michelle was selected for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Artist and Communities Residency at The LGBT Center's Y.E.S. program in New York City. She developed and directed LGBT youth’s individual solo shows which were performed at Dance Theater Workshop (NYC).

In 2007 Michelle, in collaboration with the band Inner Princess, developed and wrote a performance piece titled Sum Of Us, which explored transgender history including Billy Tipton and the life of Harlem renaissance blues singer Gladys Bentley.  New York City’s Dixon Place presented Sum of Us as their only Mondo Cane spring 2007, commissioned original Work.

In 2008 Michelle had the great honor of clowning at the Hole In The Wall Gang Summer Camp and teaching circus skills for The Big Apple Circus After School Program.