Described as “An asset to the cabaret community” by Kate Ceberano, Burger’s experience and following bears testimony to just that.
As a full time performer with State Opera of South Australia and touring this year as the lead actress in Patch Theatre Company’s national tour of Cranky Bear, her most recent credits include playing Lucy Westenra for The Adelaide Festival Centre’s industry presentation of Dracula.
In addition to winning the 2015 International Cabaret Contest, in 2002 she won the Adelaide Cabaret Festival scholarship and went on to star in her own show as well as performing with one of Broadway’s most sophisticated songwriters, Jason Robert Brown, in the 2003 Cabaret Festival, before leaving to study and perform in Europe.
She was a founding member of Adelaide’s Weimar Room and wrote and starred in four, one woman sell-out cabaret shows from 2003 through to 2010. She also performed in four sell-out seasons of The Musical of Musicals, The Musical at the Adelaide Fringe from 2010 to 2013.
Exposing Edith, a show about the life and songs of Edith Piaf co-written and starring Michaela, has appeared in Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Auckland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and in conjunction with the Archibald Prize 2015 for the Art Gallery of Ballarat/Her Majesty’s Theatre Ballarat as well as partaking in two Country Arts SA tours.
At this year’s Fringe, she premiered her new show, Chanteuse Rosé, The Diminutive Diva and went on to tour the show with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Road Show.
In the UK, she worked closely with Paul L Martin, Excess All Areas and hosted and performed in many well-known cabaret venues including Too2much in Soho and Cabaret Confidential in Covent Garden. She was also a regular performer at Café Paris at the Landor Theatre and La Boheme in Covent Garden.
Other performing credits include Requiem (State Opera of South Australia), Otello (State Opera of South Australia), Passion (State Opera Studios), Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life (Popjam Productions, Amity Dry), Agnes of God (Bluefruit Theatre), Marriage of Figaro (Co-opera), Tosca (Co-opera).
In 2016 Michaela will perform with State Theatre and Windmill Theatre Company’s production of Rupelstiltskin in addition to touring extensively nationally and internationally with Exposing Edith.