Michelle Levy is an interdisciplinary artist, storyteller, performer, and cultural organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her trans-media investigations evolve on and off-stage, often unfolding over years. She has presented work at venues including Abrons Art Center, Dixon Place, Flux Factory, Glasshouse Gallery, Gowanus Studio Space, La MaMa Galleria, Littlefield, Magnet Theater, NURTUREart, Pete’s Candy Store, Secret Project Robot, Spectacle Theater, and Theaterlab in New York City, Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA), Festivalt (Krakow, PL), Galicia Jewish Museum (Kraków, PL) Instytut Teatralny (Warsaw, PL), POLIN Museum (Warsaw, PL), and Center and Foundation for Contemporary Art (Prague, CR). Upcoming performances will be hosted by Kana Theater, Szczecin, Poland, in September 2020; and Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York City, in 2021.
Levy holds an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from The City College of New York, and a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking from Wesleyan University, CT. She studied contemporary drama at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, and improv comedy and storytelling at Magnet Theater, New York. For 2018/19, Levy was an artist hosted by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, to develop the collaborative performance, PAULINA, with cooperation from the Archive and Genealogy departments of the Emmanuel Ringleblum Jewish Historical Institute. "PAULINA" was the 2019 Project-in-Residence for Festivalt, a festival of radical Jewish art in Kraków. Recent honors include; Asylum Arts Sustaining Practice Grant (2020); grants from the US Embassy, Warsaw, Poland (2019) and Asylum Arts (2018) for development and presentation of "PAULINA" in Poland; the Asylum Arts/POLIN Museum Poland Retreat for Jewish Artists in Warsaw (2017); a CCNY Connor Travel Scholarship to study at RADA in London (2014); and a travel fellowship arranged by the Czech Center New York and MeetFactory in Prague for a curatorial research residency in Prague (2013).
From 2008 - 2018, Levy was Founding Director of EFA Project Space, an exhibition program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) in Manhattan. There, she also created the SHIFT Residency supporting the creative practices of artists working for arts organizations in NYC. Her initiatives at EFA have received major support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Trust for Mutual Understanding, among others. From 2000 - 2008, Levy was Program Manager of International Print Center New York, a non-profit exhibition space dedicated to fine art printmaking. She continues her cultural organizing work as a consultant and mentor to artists, and as a member of the EFA Project Space Advisory Council. Levy has been a guest lecturer and panelist at universities and institutions for both her art and organizational practices, including American University, Carnegie Mellon, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Queens College, Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts, Tranzit Display (Prague), and others.