Michelle Potter is an arts writer, historian and curator. She is the recipient of two Australian Dance Awards, Services to dance in 2003 and Outstanding achievement in dance on film in 2001. She was inaugural Curator of Dance at the National Library of Australia, 2002–2006, and Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, 2006–2008. Since returning to Australia she has worked in a freelance capacity.
She began writing about the arts in 1990 and her work has been published in magazines, newspapers, theatre programs and scholarly journals across Australia and around the world including in the UK, USA, Germany and New Caledonia. She is the creator of three documentary films and five books, most recently Dame Maggie Scott: a life in dance (Text: Melbourne, 2014). Her oral history recordings number 150 and have largely been for cultural institutions in Canberra. All have been with people working across the arts (dance, theatre, opera, visual arts, circus).
In 1994 she founded Brolga: an Australian journal about dance and continued to edit that journal until mid-2006. She established her website, Michelle Potter … on dancing, in 2009 and continues to publish reviews, articles and news items on that site.