Michelle Shyman


About Michelle Shyman

Michelle Shyman is an actor, comic, screenwriter, filmmaker, corporate video producer and film journalist. She's appeared in 35 films and stage plays and has won regional acting awards. One of her screenplays placed in American Gem Screenplay Competition and Script Nurse Screenplay Competition, and she's produced or assistant-produced a number of independent films, three of which won festival awards. Michelle executive-directed the Lake2Sound Youth Film Festival and serves as a judge for several student film festivals nationwide. She coaches actors, teaches directors how to work with actors, and presents seminars on directing actors. She’s a former Board member of Women in Film Seattle chapter. Michelle also consults on product strategy for entertainment startups. In addition to her Reel Life With Jane column, Michelle writes “Balancing Act,” a weekly column for Reel Grok, named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top sites for working filmmakers. Follow her on Twitter @michelleshy.














Don Simpson and Tom Cruise

Book Review: Boscutti’s Don Simpson

Michelle Shyman LOVES books about the film industry, and she fills us in on Boscutti's Don Simpson, about the maniacal producer who hated everyone in Hollywood.


Mr. Ed

In Memory of an Honest Actor: Mr. Ed

Michelle Shyman delves behind the scenes to celebrate one of the most honest, thoughtful and heartfelt actors of all time: Mr. Ed. Darn shiny, too.