Academic Coordinator, Theatre
School of Performing Arts
School of Performing Arts - Theatre

604.986.1911 ext. 3419
Arbutus Building, room AR106T


MFA, University of British Columbia, 2011.

Professional Teacher's Certificate, British Columbia Teachers College, 2000.

BFA, University of Victoria, 1999.


Michelle Deines (MFA, University of British Columbia, 2011) is an award-winning writer who works in multiple genres, including poetry, non-fiction and drama. Her poetry has been published in several magazines, including The Writers Caf Magazine, Event and Contemporary Verse 2, and her non-fiction has appeared in such publications as Maisonneuve and Canadian Dimension. Deines' plays include an adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility, which was presented in 2018 at Capilano University, A Dog at a Feast, I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck (co-written with Kathryn Kirkpatrick) and Ghosts in Baghdad, which was nominated for the Jessie Richardson Vancouver Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script in 2014, and won the Special Merit Prize in Theatre BC's National Playwriting Competition in 2013.

Deines works as a literary editor and dramaturge, and is a faculty member of the Theatre and English Departments at Capilano University, where she teaches theatre history and playwriting. She holds a BFA in Theatre and English from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is Artistic Director of Working Spark Theatre, which she founded in 2007.

I have always been fascinated by history and how it continues to affect our society in political, social, and artistic ways. I am also fascinated by how the events and values of a given society and point in history intertwine with the art that society produces and values.

I am interested in how the history of theatre continues to inform and affect our work as theatre artists today. I believe studying the artistic practices and innovations of the past can feed our creative and theatrical imaginations today.

Deines, Michelle. "Notre Dame D'Espace", Maisonneuve Magazine, print, September 2018.

Deines, Michelle. "The Elephant's Heart", Artis Natura, vol 2, issue 2, online, August 2018.

Deines, Michelle. "The Orange X", The Writer's Cafe Magazine, issue 11, online, August 2018.

Deines, Michelle. "Searching for Home", Understorey Magazine, issue 9, print & online, December 2016.

Outstanding Original Script, Nomination, I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck. (co-written with Kathryn Kirkpatrick), Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, 2015.

Outstanding Original Script, Nomination, Ghosts in Baghdad, Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, 2014.

Special Merit Prize, Ghosts in Baghdad, Theatre BC Playwriting Competition, 2013.

20th Anniversary Poetry Prize, Honourable Mention, "The Baking Lesson", Other Voices 20:1, 2007.