For her role of Gail Stoney, on the dramatic series BLACKSTONE Michelle won the 2011 Gemini for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, Best Supporting Actress in 2009 at the AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL in San Francisco. Plus nominations for Best Alberta Actress at the 2010 Alberta Motion Picture Awards and Best Lead Actress" at the 2011 Leo Awards in Vancouver. As well as the 1999 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS at the First Americans in the Arts Awards in Los Angeles for her role in the comedy western EBENEEZER.
Other credits include her regular role on the popular APTN/Showcase series MOCCASIN FLATS, her starring role as Kate in her second season of the comedy hit MIXED BLESSINGS. Michelle was also Sylvie Lebret in the hit CBC series NORTH OF 60.
Feature films include the award winning UNNATURAL AND ACCIDENTAL. This raw and in-depth film explores the tragic story of murdered and missing Aboriginal women. This film stunned audiences at its premier at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival with Michelle and cast in attendance.
Other features include PATHFINDER, DONT CALL ME TONTO, BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE, and DREAMKEEPER". One of Ms. Thrush's most memorable experiences was working opposite Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer in the feature film DEADMAN which has achieved international status as a cult classic.
Michelle is an alumni member of Crazy Horse Aboriginal Theatre Company, where she served for a period of time as Artistic Director. Ms. Thrush continues to write, direct, and produce theatre, and has played many leading roles across Canada.
She tours extensively through North America with her one-woman shows: RECLAIM, RIGHT NEXT DOOR, and her latest, FIND YOUR OWN INNER ELDER. Her work with youth and children is her greatest passion with characters such as Majica, the Aboriginal Healing Clown and Kookum Martha, a sprite old Indian Elder. Michelle explains laughter is a natural part of her culture. Her work with Aboriginal children addressing important issues in the community through comedy and performance is what Ms. Thrush enjoys best.
The mother of two wonderful daughters, Michelle and her family are currently residing in Calgary, Alberta.
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