Micaela Schmidt has been creating and recording her own plays for as long as she can remember. Growing up, her childhood bedroom, and eventually the entire family home, was her theatre. Her family would obligingly accept invitations to view her latest work and sometimes, along with friends, find themselves roped in as part of the cast (lucky them!).
Following several years training and performing as a classical singer, Micaela realised that actually, she still loved sharing stories through acting. Since then, she has helped bring stories to life through theatre. Her collaborative performances have been seen in:
- The Cube Collective, a cabaret performance directed by Jodie Farrugia (2021);
- Albury City’s Hidden Cinema, an immersive work directed by Alyson Evans (2019); and
- The Last Hoorah by The Flying Fruit Fly Circus (2017).
Micaela has trained in physical theatre with The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Womens’ Circus, live cinema with re:group collective, comedy improvisation with Tom Skelton, and method acting with Lee Strasberg alumna Gabriella Rose-Carter. In 2020 and early 2021, Micaela undertook a mentorship funded by Creative Victoria, where she explored strategies for creating accessible rehearsal and performance spaces with dance and circus artists from the Albury Wodonga region. Currently training in performance and theatre making through Hothouse Theatre’s Industry Co:Lab program, Micaela hopes to develop strategies around teaching physical theatre using non-visual communication, whilst discovering new ways to make her audiences laugh through various forms of comedy.
In collaboration with Description Victoria, she contributed to research around teaching and describing dance to people with blindness and low vision, and provided access consultancy for theatre maker Romi Kupfer’s show Singing Swallows. As a first step towards creating accessible arts experiences for blind audiences in regional areas, she is currently working on a project which aims to train up professional audio describers in Albury Wodonga, then hopefully, further afield. Micaela has worked as teaching artist for the National Braille Music Camp where she taught music and drama to blind children. She offers workshops and tutoring in drama, creative writing and braille music/literacy.