I'm a Tisch, NYU trained actress with dual UK/US citizenship and a love of telling stories in many forms, be it through verse, movement, song, or on my trusted piano, accordion, ukulele, banjolele and tin whistle.
I have worked in repertory theatre, tours, off-broadway, london, outdoor theatre. immersive pieces, in an indie band, Shakespeare, musical theatre, plays, actor-muso shows, audiobooks, commercial and animation in the US and UK.
Last year i did: an Offie-winning Best New Musical La Maupin, the opera No For An Answer at the Arcola, a UK tour of a verbatim play about a holocaust survivor, a musical comedy workshop in the US, and a play at the Cockpit
Up Next: a R&D project with Gecko, Margaret/Dogberry/accordionist in a summer tour of Much Ado About Nothing, and a world premiere musical in Washington DC
That’s probably enough of me nattering on about myself so here are some kind things other people have written about me:
for francie in the arcola's no for an answer
"FRANCIE'S TOUCHING SONG BE WITH ME, BEAUTIFULLY DELIVERED BY KATRINA MICHAELS - andrew clements, GUARDIAN
"JOE'S PARTNER, FRANCIE (KATRINA MICHAELS), SINGS A MOVING, TENDER SONG ABOUT HER LOVE FOR HIM, WHICH WAS THE STANDOUT SOLO OF THE NIGHT"
for molly aster in peter and the starcatcher
“She is a delightful mix of fearlessness and naiveté. Her magnetic charisma and the ever-present sparkle in her eye are undoubtedly two of the show's strongest assets”
- Matt Tamanini, BROADWAYWORLD
“Katrina Michaels loads spunk, sweetness and a disarming genuineness to her role of Molly Aster”
- Pam Harbaugh, BREVARD CULTURE
“It's Katrina Michaels' Molly who becomes the most interesting character as she navigates budding adulthood, following her heart and stepping out of her father's protective shadow. Michaels' spirited and touching performance is what gives this merriment its heart.”
- Matthew J Palm, ORLANDO SENTINEL
"Petite and winsome, Michaels lights up the stage with her crackling energy, sparking each scene with sass and savvy, keeping the energy up and the storyline moving forward. She's a treat to watch"
- Michael J. Curtiss, Caught in the act
for offie-winning la maupin
"The music is performed by the incredibly talented cast of five, Frida Rodbroe, Katrina Michaels, Megan Armitage, Olivia Thompson and Olivia Warren.) Between them they play a variety of instruments; violin, accordion, flute, harmonica, ukulele, even a kazoo makes an appearance, amusingly as a cigarette at one point. We are literally surrounded by the sound of their music. It’s a mix of folksy, shanties, a little punk and whatever lies inbetween. It is, at times, a joyful racket, whilst at others, intimate and delicate. It is simply fantastic to watch them perform, play and sing."
- rob warren, everythingtheatre
"And she’s gathered a brilliant company around Rødbroe. Olivia Warren, Megan Armitage, Katrina Michaels and Thompson herself form an exceptional ensemble, flowing in and out of supporting roles and their tangled, varied emotional connections to La Maupin, playing multiple instruments with real skill, and also handling the proximity to the audience well. It can sometimes be a little disconcerting to be so close to performers but the warmth here, that inclusivity is so freely offered that it is impossible to resist the amour fou of La Maupin. I’ve already booked to go again and you’d be wise to book as well. If I have anything to do with it (and even if I don’t), I strongly suspect this is far from the last we will hear of this fantastic new British musical."
"The other four actors step seamlessly between roles – among many highlights are Olivia Warren as the bawdy Comte d’Albert, Julie’s antagonist turned lover, and Katrina Michaels as her lecherous “protector”, the Comte d’Armagnac."
for viola in twelfth night
"Katrina Michaels is a standout, full of energy and passion"
- nancy burns-fusaro, westerly sun
for pinkie in hoi polloi
Pinkie, is played with sweet feistiness by Katrina Michaels, who sings like a lark."
-peter haas, theaterpizzazz
for a cabaret performance at 54 below
Katrina Michaels walked away with [the show] doing a truly hilarious take on “Miller’s Son”… It was really quite an astonishing performance that showed a polish that quite belied her years. She pantomimed out the entire song at blinding speed, which – combined with her wonderfully animated expressions and excellent singing – was a pure Dickensian delight”.
- Susie Mosher (54 Below Host), NY DAILY NEWS
for ruth in tribes
“Katrina Michaels whiplashes from petulant to pathologically pretentious”
- Chris Silk, NAPLES DAILY NEWS
for fraulein kost in cabaret
“Katrina Michaels luxuriates in the brazenness of Fraulein Kost”
- Christine Dolan, MIAMI HERALD
“Katrina Michaels is exceptional as Fraulein Kost, who employs whimsy and wry charm to give her character of a prostitute some real oomph.”
- Dale King, PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER