Michelle Tattenbaum directs extensively in New York City and regionally. She directed the New York premiere of the musical Nobody Loves You by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter at Second Stage Theatre after directing the show's world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre (Craig Noel Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical). Other projects with Itamar Moses include directing his play Fucked at the Flea Theater, following up on her twice-extended production of Moses's Love/Stories (Or, But You Will Get Used To It) also at the Flea. She directed and co-produced The Sublet Experiment, a site-specific, touring production that played to sold-out crowds in New York City for over six months.
Other projects in New York include: the world premieres of ms. estrada by the Q Brothers Collective and Student Body by Frank Winters both at the Flea Theater; Lisa and Leonardo and Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade for the New York Musical Festival (Best Director, Honorable Mention); The Chromium Hook for Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center Directors' Lab; Untitled Short Play and Szinhaz for Naked Angels; Gallathea (which she also adapted) at Here Arts Center; An Archipelago Of Clouds and Laughing All the Way From the Sperm Bank at FringeNYC; 'Til Sunday for Loeber Entertainment at the Abingdon Theater Arts Complex; Sunday on the Rocks and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea for Yolo! Productions; Hands in Me for the Women of Color Festival; Stand Up Girl at Center Stage; Too Much Information at Ars Nova; Idea and Authorial Intent at Manhattan Theatre Source; Dia de los Muertos for New Directors/New Works; and Guyler Beguiled at the Maverick Theater.
Regionally, she directed the Los Angeles premiere of Itamar Moses's The Four of Us. She has directed staged readings of the musicals Reality! (now titled Nobody Loves You) at the Cape Cod Theatre Project and Goodspeed Musicals, and Tales From the Bad Years also at Goodspeed Musicals. She has directed Peter and the Starcatcher at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Dov and Ali by Anna Ziegler at the Chester Theatre, Pinocchio, Anatol, and Gallathea at the Hangar Theatre; Educating Rita, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Cats, Little Shop of Horrors, The Secret Garden, and Baby at the New London Barn Playhouse; The Miss Firecracker Contest at the Clinton Showboat; and The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window and Souvenir at the Women's Theater Company.
Michelle directs scripted podcasts, including seasons 2 and 3 of the Peabody Award-winning podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel and Christmas is Coming, a holiday podcast for kids, both for the Panoply Podcast Network. She has also directed the podcasts Six Minutes and Mayan Crystal for Gen-Z Media.
Michelle worked for the Manhattan Theatre Club for three years as the Artistic Development Assistant and was closely involved in producing Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and A Class Act prior to its Broadway transfer. She was also the Artistic Associate for America In Play and Signature Theatre Company's Literary Fellow. She is currently an Associate Artist at the Flea.
She spent two summers directing at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. From 2000 to 2007, she was a member of the First Look Theatre Company, in residence at NYU's Dramatic Writing Program, and she continues to direct and develop musicals at NYU's Musical Theatre Writing Program. She was a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow and is an SDC member. Michelle graduated from Yale with a degree in Theatre Studies.