michele lowe

Sandy Asher


MICHELE LOWE received the Francesca Primus Prize for her play Inana (Denver Center Theatre) and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Both Inana and Victoria Musica (Cincinnati Play House in the Park) were finalists for the American Theater Critic’s Association/Steinberg New Play Award, which marked the first time in the ACTA’s 33-year history that a playwright was nominated for two plays in one season.  

Michele is the author of The Smell of the Kill (Broadway debut); String of Pearls (Outer Critics nomination, Primary Stages); Map of Heaven (Denver Center Theatre), Mezzulah 1946 (City Theatre), Backsliding in the Promised Land (Syracuse Stage), and the original one-act musical A Thousand Words Come to Mind (Joe’s Pub) which she co-wrote with composer Scott Davenport Richards.

She has received commissions from the Transport Group, Signature Theater, Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Geva Theatre, Premieres: Inner Voices, and Wind Dancer Productions. Her plays have been produced/developed by Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, Le Pepiniere (Paris), TimeLine Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage and Film, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Colorado New Play Summit, City Theater, New Harmony Project, PlayLabs, and Hedgebrook.  Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, and Smith and Kraus publish her work.   

Michele’s current play, The Greatest, was developed in the 2016 Keen Company Playwrights Lab. She is currently at work on The Proxy Marriage with composer Adam Gwon. Michele and Zoe Sarnak have been commissioned by Transport Group’s 20th Century Project.  She is the creator of the TV series Clay.

Michele is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, serves on the Publications Committee for the Dramatists Guild and is a member of ASCAP. She has taught at the Einhorn School of the Performing Arts and given master classes at Carnegie Mellon and theatres across the country. Michele works one on one with writers, business execs and clergy, and often writes for The Dramatist magazine.