Michelle is a professional puppeteer, playwright, conference speaker, workshop leader, actor and voice-over artist with credits in stage and film.
Michelle has written and performed diverse projects, most recent her one woman puppet musical, “Mii Other Woman”, and the play, “Family Tear”, which toured January 2018. Michelle is the playwright along with producing and performing. Michelle has written and performed puppet musicals for children with disabilities. She has inspired children at Renfrew Education Services and has co-produced, written and performed new programs for the Block Parent Program and Vivo Recreation Center performing for thousands of children.
Michelle is an engaging professional speaker, laughing yoga leader and certified Spiritual Director.
Michelle’s personal mission is for her inner child to hold hands with the humanity of your inner child and together create a life empowered to be all we have ever dreamed to be!
Michelle is happy to work with other disciplines and is open to new creativity and imagination.
Now available for tour booking!
One Woman Puppet Musical, “Mii Other Woman”, featuring Michelle Warkentin
Montgomery Community Center and Chartwell Colonel Belcher present “Mii Other Woman, March 25th 2019 Senior Social 12:30 to 3pm all welcome, potluck, Montgomery Community Center!
Verve Senior Living, :Mii Other Woman”, March 28th 7pm Valley Ridge NW Calgary
Work shop with Festival for Animated Object March 14th 2019 Motel at Arts Common 6 pm to 9 m “Creating a socially conscious puppet play”.
Tickets available and registration: at https://shop.artscommons.ca/13897/13900
Link for info: https://artscommons.ca/whats-on/2019/fao-creating-a-socially-conscious-puppet-play/
Young Authors conference April 6th Okotoks, Alberta
Golden Circle, “Mii Other Woman”, Red Deer, Alberta June 4th
“Mii Other Woman” is a One Woman Puppet Musical with original music! Composition for songs by Jocelyn Johnson, Instrumentals by King Aurous and lyrics by Michelle Warkentin. “Mii Other Woman”, takes the audience on one woman’s journey of discovery when she is faced with the challenges of dementia. Maybe those parts of us that seem lost or unseen exist behind the veil where dreams can still happen and memories survive. A fun uplifting and interactive musical show which launches at the Calgary Fringe Festival. https://www.showclix.com/event/mii-other-woman
Last week while attending the Fringe Festival I went to see a play called Mii Other Woman-it was a monologue beautifully written and performed by Michelle Warkentin along side with her charming comrades. The lifelike puppets took over the show as Michelle magically connected with their characters. The theme of the story was on Dementia, a very sensitive topic yet quite prominent health concern among our elderly. While interacting with the audience Michell with the assistance of Mii her delightful puppet, brilliantly captured the thoughts, feelings and perceptions that someone with memory loss may experience. It was an amazing show with elements of awareness, understanding, sadness and mainly laughter which brings a simple sense of joy and happiness to the lives and families of those dealing with Dementia.
Mii Other Woman gives us a unique look at dementia. The playwright and puppeteer, Michelle Warkentin uses music, laughter and audience participation to look in to the day of the life of a woman with the onset of this terrible disease. Michelle uses two puppets, one a young girl and the other a grandmother figure to show us the inner thoughts of the character if she could be set free. It is clear that Michelle is very comfortable with all audiences as she can cleverly adapt her play to include the spectators in her theatre, and always brings a roaring laughter from the seats, she is a master at this. The lyrics for the music in the play were written by Michelle highlighting her musical talents. This play is a must see and suitable for all ages.
I so applaud Michelle on her latest one woman show. It was not only superbly acted, written and performed but gave us insight into dementia. She engaged the audience and yes even with some humor. we gave her a standing ovation! thank you Michelle for helping us understand a complicated illness. Well done!