Bio

Michele Riml is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michele began writing at 17, when her first play Souvenirs (short version) won first place in The BC Young Playwrights Search. She has since gone on to write 14 more plays, which have been widely produced.  Her plays include Under the Influence, Poster Boys, RAGE, Souvenirs (full length), On the Edge, The Amaryllis, Miss Teen and Henry and Alice: Into the Wild, the sequel to Sexy Laundry.

Sexy Laundry and Henry and Alice: Into the Wild have become international hits with ongoing productions in Canada, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia, New Zealand, Iceland, Mexico, and the USA. Sexy Laundry has been translated into seven languages and is published by Playwrights Canada Press (available on Amazon).

Michele also writes for young audiences and is an advocate for theatre for young people. Her issue based plays were commissioned by Canada’s Green Thumb Theatre and include The Skinny Lie, The Invisible Girl and Tree Boy, most recently produced in Germany. Her play RAGE won the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play.

Michele is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts and in 2008 she was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Siminovitch Prize. Recently her play Miss Teen premiered at Stages West in Houston, Texas.  Her newest full length play will be “In the Garden with Emerson” which she is currently writing with the assistance of a playwright’s residency at the Stratford Theatre Festival in Ontario.

Published Works

Riml is a good writer, and she crafts characters who interact naturally, and most importantly, who we care about.

CBC (National, Canada)

North Vancouver residents...have a playwright living among them who is going to be one of Canada's best - if she isn't already.

North Shore News (Vancouver, Canada)

Riml's keen ear for character and awareness of (and, obviously, concern for) the social pressures which shape our modern world elevate this material.

CVV Magazine (Victoria, Canada)

The highlight of Riml's writing is that it does not matter what age an individual is in order for them to relate to the story, it only matters that they have experienced such emotions and situations.

Vancouver Weekly (Vancouver, BC)

Riml hits all the right notes here. In addition to being hilarious, Sexy Laundry is observant, moving, risqué, and even a bit of a tear jerker.

The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, Canada)

Michele Riml's new comedy (Poster Boys) is a wonder of light footwork delivered by a stellar cast with sharp virtuosic skill...Riml's drama is smart, refreshing and somehow timeless.

The Globe and Mail(National, Canada)

The script is the thing of beauty here. Penned by Michele Riml, I was amazed by how both sexes were represented

The Sudbury Star (Sudbury, Canada)