Michele Fleiger, MFA
sPEAKPERFORMANCE :: applying theatrical principles to communications
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Michele Fleiger, BFA, MFA, actor, incorporates theatrical principles to assist diverse groups in the development of their ability to communicate effectively with clarity, integrity and openness.
A communication specialist with a philosophy inspired by many years of working with brilliant hearts and minds to encourage the practice of the present.

Michele’s work has focused on the evolution of theatrical practice. This takes many forms. As an actor she is frequently called upon to assist in the process of new play development. As an educator she specializes in various aspects of communicative skill in the collaborative creative process continuing to challenge herself and her students in an atmosphere of playful encouragement striving for excellence. As a presentation coach and workshop facilitator she incorporates theatrical principles across a number of different disciplines to assist individuals and groups to develop presentation skills by fostering a connection to a personal narrative. These groups include first year medical students, medical researchers, international graduate students from the Faculties of Arts, Science and Business and undergraduate students in the Department of Drama. She has been a guest instructor and course coordinator in the Department of Drama since 2000 and has also worked for the Faculty of Science, the Department of Medicine and the International Student Centre. She has taught at numerous colleges across Alberta and been invited to present workshops at various conferences and institutions across the country.

In 2012 Michele received an MFA in Theatre Practice evolving a devised /collaborative creative process with particular application to the large ensemble.

Recent work of note:
  • Summer 2018 she is facilitating two workshops at the University of Alberta: The Expressive Voice and Body and A Dramatic Approach to Communication  workshops devised specifically for international students.
  • Fall 2018 she returns to the University of Alberta's Drama department beginning her 18th year as a contract instructor. She will also return to teach Drama in the University Studies program at Portage College in Lac La Biche
  • In 2018 she will facilitate the 8th iteration of Communicating Care  for the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta
  • Last fall Michele was honoured to receive the University of Alberta OnCampus Program's 2017 Inclusive Educator Award.The award recognizes commitment and dedication to creating an inclusive learning environment and embracing diversity in the classroom.
  • In the spring of 2016 Michele was invited to speak at the University of Alberta's inaugural TEDx Conference at the Citadel Theatre and delivered a passionate talk entitled Who Needs theTheatre? www.youtube.com/watch

Michele again provides excellent classroom experiences for students in three programs. Her participation in the development of curriculum in the BA is over and above her contract and speaks to her professional and committed approach to her teaching and work with Drama. The Faculty of Arts is lucky to have such a committed and expert teacher work here.
~ Jan Selman ~
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
former Chair U of A Drama 1999-2010

I have worked with:
University of Alberta Departments of Drama, Music, Medicine, and Science, the International Student Centre, Portage College, Red Deer College, Concordia University, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) and Alberta Health Services.