Michelle’s teaching ability is only surpassed by that of her own ability as an actress. The combination of both offers an incredible opportunity to her students and an unforgettable experience to those with whom she performs. I have witnessed firsthand the benefits and positive results her students bring to a casting session and would recommend her classes to anyone interested in on-camera work. She is, by far, one of the most gifted comedic actresses I have worked with and we are lucky to have her in this town!
Lynn Blumenthal – Lynn Blumenthal Casting
Working with Michelle has been absolutely fantastic! I have grown so much as an actor because of how Michelle opened my eyes to the depth and importance of character development. Michelle has coached me all the way to A-list Hollywood auditions and given me the best chance to succeed. Her genuine and authentic style is refreshing and motivating. I would encourage all interested in the craft of acting to work with Michelle!
Ben Utecht – Speaker, Author, Leader. Super Bowl Champion, Indianapolis Colts, 2007
Michelle is an amazing teacher. Her ability to work with any student at any level is what makes her such a great teacher. I came to Michelle with little to no experience at all in acting. I came from a musical theatre background, but the work I did in her film workshop helped me to book plays, commercial work, film and musicals. To me what makes Michelle so valuable is that she herself is still out there acting, so she has insight on what’s current in the business of acting.
Rose Le Tran
I met Michelle Hutchison when I took Intro to Acting at the Guthrie Theatre in May 2013. I enjoyed her class so much that I then took her On-Camera Intensive class and have been working one-on-one with Michelle ever since. I have always been interested in on-camera acting and when I first started working with Michelle, well let’s just say I have come a very long way! I have a background in music and theatre, as well as teaching and I am very used to being on stage and being in front of people. I thought that camera acting was just another form of stage acting, but the more I worked with Michelle, the more I began to see that it is a completely different animal. She is very clear about what I was doing that worked, what didn’t, and how to make the adjustments. Also, she has taught me how to delve into the character I was working on and not fall into the pitfalls of just “reading the lines.” Because I have been working with Michelle I just received some great news that I am going to be represented by the Wehmann Agency. I would not have been able to gain representation with this great agency if it hadn’t been for the guidance I received from Michelle. She is awesome!
Kristina M. Guiffre – Music Teacher/Musician
Michelle’s approach to teaching is grounded in the realities of “the business”. She is uniquely qualified because she has sat on both sides of the table as an actor and an assistant casting director. Through patience, humor (she is one funny girl) and concrete knowledge, Michelle teaches actors how to read “between the lines” and deliver truthful performances.
Renée Cardoso Frisch – Actor
I came to Michelle’s class with very little understanding of film and thankfully we hit the ground running. As a teacher Michelle not only has a great sense of your comfort level as a student but allows you to explore and expand it in a safe and friendly environment. Whether it’s a sitcom or a drama thriller she understands how to help you achieve a greater understanding of the role in her class and your choices as an actor in a scene. Having a dvd of my scenes each week has been a great tool to see my growth and learn to critique myself without negative judgement. It’s allowed me to see a difference between making strong specific choices and just emoting.
Before my daughter started taking classes with Michelle, she would wonder what it felt like to perform and grow as an aspiring actor. Now, my daughter is being challenged, supported and encouraged to follow her passion all because of the wonderful environment Michelle creates for her students. Michelle’s professional background and hands on style of instruction has given my daughter confidence and knowledge about what her strengths are and what she can do with them within this industry going forward. We would recommend Michelle and her courses to anyone who has the desire to perform!! Many, many thanks!!