Michaela Murphy (Instructor, Script Analysis, Pitch Presentation) Michaela is a writer, teacher, communications consultant, entrepreneur, and Director of Education at Bucks County Playhouse. She is a co-founder of L!FE: Leadership Fueled by Entrepreneurism, a Detroit based education platform for underserved teenagers; Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Study Entrepreneurs-in-Training Program; and the Triple Threat and Playback programs for The 52nd Street Project.
As a storyteller Ms. Murphy has been featured on NPR, The Moth Radio Hour, TEDx, RISK, Word of Mouth at Bucks County Playhouse, and at the White House. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, produced Off-Broadway, and with The Moth performing in both main stage shows and national storytelling tours for more than 20 years. Ms. Murphy is also an executive coach and speechwriter. As an expert in how to effectively engage and connect with an audience, she has more than 25 years of experience helping individuals and organizations launch new ideas, forge new markets, and communicate their messages through dynamic and interactive engagement. Her clients include Microsoft, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Estee Lauder, The 52nd Street Project, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theater, The Taunton Press, Quest International Fragrances, HTC, and a host of private individuals.
Ms. Murphy’s career in education spans more than 25 years. She has written more than 30 plays for young audiences and has performed nationally for hundreds of thousands of children across the U.S. Michaela is a widely sought curriculum consultant and has designed programs and syllabi for students and educators around a broad-range of subjects. She is an experienced educator and has taught students from pre-school (Head-Start) through graduate school and has developed and directed professional development programming for established educators.