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it's complicated...

I am producing and acting in this play I wrote.

It's about the last three years of my life.

It's about organ donation, mental illness, grief and hope.

Can a play about all that be funny?


Thank you, everyone for coming to experience It's Complicated...This Gift of Life. It has been a truly transformational process. Stay tuned for further developments!

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left to right: Dana Capanna, Anthony Diaz, Michelle Pauls

left to right: Dana Capanna, Anthony Diaz, Michelle Pauls

Photos by Carly L Bodnar

left to right: Michelle Pauls, Dana Capanna, Anthony Diaz

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Fringe Box Office: 215-413-1318


Content Partners!

The Threshold Collective, providing support in aging, death and dying issues, medical system navigation, and rights for the body and celebrations of life.


Part of the Philly Fringe Festival 2023

It's Complicated...  will run from September 15-23, 2023

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N 11th Street, 

Philadelphia, PA

Show dates and times for


September 15 @ 7:00pm - Opening Night!
September 16 @ 9:00pm
September 17 @ 7:00pm (meet organ recipient John Branton & Gift of Life rep, Lara Moretti after the show)
September 18 @ 6:00pm (Talk back with Naila Francis from Salt Trails Grief Cooperative)
September 22 @ 7:00pm

September 23 @ 9:00pm  - Closing Night!

Tix available now!


Gift of Life Donor Program is the nation's leading organ procurement organization coordinating more organ and tissue donors than anywhere else in the United States. There will be an organ recipient, John Branton, speaking after the performance on September 17. Also present, Lara Moretti, Director, Family Support Services

Gift of Life Donor Program

Salt Trails Grief Cooperative and This Hallowed Wilderness will support the production as a grief professional and death midwife. Naila Francis will lend her expertise during a talkback discussion after the performance on Monday, September 18 @ 6:00pm.

The Poettes!

Gigs Coming Up:

Hear some Poettes music here:

Saturday, Oct 14, 4:00pm
The RoxYunk Porchfest
168 Cotton Street

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photo by Phillip Silverstone

love, Michelle!

"Michelle is very emotional, and she lived her character... a brilliant performance."  --Mario Cerrito, director, DEADLY GAMBLE.


"Michelle Pauls [is] brilliant...crafts [a] stunning physical performance in a staging I can only describe as terrifying"



"Michelle Paul’s rendition of Briseis is a stunning portrait not of the helpless woman, but of the power one finds in the most hopeless of situations" -- PHINDIE.

Some cool things I got going on:

Starring as Dr Poostein in the wacky webseries CERTIFIABLE, LunaK Productions. Distributed worldwide now! You can watch it on Amazon Prime or here: 

I created a mini-web series: SPEAKING OF FAMILY... 

Watch the pilot episode here:



Here's a sample of my acting:




I'm an actress, director, singer and theatre arts educator. I love to work on stage and on camera. I am adept at improvisation, versatile and daring, plumbing the depths of emotion in my work. I look for creatively challenging work with talented artists who have a strong story to tell.

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