Joy Camille Michael
The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Smt. Joy Michael, at an Investiture Ceremony I, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 22, 2012.jpg
The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Smt. Joy Michael, at an Investiture Ceremony I, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 22, 2012.
Asansol,West Bengal,India
Died9 March 2018
New Delhi
Other namesNone
OccupationTheatre personality,former principal of St.Thomas' School (Mandir Marg,New Delhi)
Years active1927-2018
SpouseHughbert Eustace Michael
ChildrenMeriel Irene Joy Michael and Kristine Michael.
ParentRuby Christian (born in Calcutta) Gordon Stanley Christian (born in Calcutta)
AwardsPadma Shri
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Thespo life Achievement Award. Emeritus Theatre Director
Sahitya Kala Parishad Award
Delhi Natya Sangh Award
Rockefeller Award
Chamanlal Memorial Society Award
Raja Ram Mohan Nation Education Award,C.F Andrews Distinguished Alumnus Award.
WebsiteOfficial web site

Joy Michael (1927-2018) was an Indian theatre personality and the co-founder of Yatrik, a repertory company based in Delhi.[1][2] The Government of India honored her in 2012, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.[3]


Joy Michael, born in Asansol West Bengal, secured a post graduate degree in English literature from the St. Stephen's College, Delhi[4][5] where she became the secretary of the Shakespeare Society, reported to be the first woman secretary, and a member of the Supreme Council of the college.[1][4] Later she went to London and did graduate studies in Speech and Drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[4] and theatre training at the British Drama League. After working in the professional theatre in London for a while, she returned to India to continue her theatre activities in Delhi.[1] Principal of St.Thomas School, Mandir Marg, New Delhi.

In 1964, Michael, along with Roshan Seth, Rati Bartholomew, Sushma Seth and Marcus Murch, founded Yatrik, a theatre group based in Delhi.[4][2] She has remained the Director of the group for 40 years, during which period the group collaborated with many theatre personalities such as Alyque Padamsee, Ebrahim Alkazi, Barry John, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Sinia Duggal, Madhuri Bhatia, Salima Raza, Kusum Haidar, Tejeshwar Singh, Bhaskar Bhattacharya, Lola Chatterjee, Sunit Tandon, Avijit Dutt and Prakash Bhatia at different times.[2]

Joy Michael has worked with the United States-India Educational Foundation as an executive and has lectured at the University of Washington, Virginia[4] and the Panjab University. Later, she joined St. Thomas' School, Delhi as its Principal and worked there for 15 years.[4] She has also worked as an educational consultant to many schools managed by the Diocese of the Church of North India in Delhi, Shimla, Mussoorie and Assam. She has served as an executive council member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.[1] She has alo been an active member and on the executive committee of The Y.W.C.A (young women's christian association) of India.

Joy Michael is reported to have collaborated with over 200 plays, as writer or director and has also prepared plays for the television and the radio.[1][4] She is married to Colonel Hughbert Michael and the couple has two daughters, Meriel and Kristine.[4] and two grandchildren, Joy Indu Michael and Arnav John Hugh Michael.

Awards and recognitions

Joy Michael, holder of the title of Emeritus Theatre Director awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India,[1] is a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award which she received in 2009 for theatre direction.[6][1] She has also received the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, Delhi Natya Sangh Award, Rockefeller Award, Chamanlal Memorial Society Award and the Raja Ram Mohan Nation Education Award.[1][4] In 2012, the Government of India included her in the Republic day honours list for the award of Padma Shri.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Church of North India". Church of North India. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Delhi Events". Delhi Events. 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Theatre Pasta". Theatre Pasta. 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  5. ^ "St Stephens". St Stephens. 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2014. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2014.

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