Michelle Murphy

Michelle Murphy grew up in Dearborn & Detroit, MI. She graduated with her BFA in Liberal Arts from The University of Detroit Mercy. She was part of a thriving Metro-Detroit theatre scene, where she earned both her AEA and SAG cards with Jeff Daniels’ The Purple Rose Theatre Company. She was named Artistic Director of the Planet Ant Theatre in 2000, a small black box theatre in Metro-Detroit, which she helped found in 1997, along with fellow Detroiter, Keegan Michael Key. Michelle is most proud of her work involving theatre for young audiences. She co-wrote and performed in Grandma Says for the critically acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and produced and performed in Little Bear, which toured Detroit public schools for over 10 years, providing outreach, awareness and assistance for minors involving sexual misconduct. Before she relocated to Chicago in 2002, she earned both Best Season Over All for her efforts at the Ant, as well as nabbing a Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Stop, Kiss at The Performance Network in Ann Arbor, MI. Regional credits include producing, co-writing and co-starring in Side of Ranch at Chicago’s Donny’s Skybox Theatre and a year performing and touring with Stage One; Louisville, KY’s premiere theatre for young audiences. Michelle has performed at numerous Equity houses in the Midwest market before relocating permanently to Los Angeles in 2006 and pursuing a career in film and television. In the spring of 2022, she filmed her recurring role in the Hulu limited series Lost Man Found, in her beloved home state of MI and Tokyo! Michelle just wrapped a Hallmark feature, directed by the incomparable Sam Irvin. She’s had recurring roles on Sincerely, Camille, OWN networks first animated series, co-starring roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and is part of Beachbody’s cast for their best-selling VOD workout program, #MBF/A. She wrote and performed her first solo show, Keeper, in the fall of 2022.