storyteller. As an
actor, writer, director
and producer, Michael's work
ranges from live theater and music
to film, television, new media, and
Michael celebrates the full range of human
experience in his work, with projects you might
describe as pure entertainment as well as work that is
deeply introspective, exploring both our personal and collective yearning for meaning and connection in this new millenium world. On the never ending journey to integrate these elements in all his work, Michael's projects have received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Brooklyn Community Foundation and others.
A professional entertainer since the age of seventeen, Michael has appeared on stages from LaMama Etc. to New York City Opera, in regional productions, Broadway national and international tours, and in two one-man shows seen from coast to coast. His recent film and television projects include THE DEUCE for HBO opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal, HOMING IN sponsored by the Kevin Spacey Foundation, written and directed by Parker Hill and produced by Evan Ari Kelman of Lioneyes Pictures, LA FOLIA by Adam Grannick of Filmelodic(Best Experimental Short, Manhattan Film Festival),THE OA for Netflix and THE LEFTOVERS for HBO.
For the stage, Michael recently played the pivotal role of Reverend Samuel Smith in HENRY BOX BROWN, written By Mehr Mansuri and directed by Tony Award winner Ben Harney. At the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, they were nominated for Best Musical and Won Best Play for Social Change.
Michael created the comedic tour de force role of Milton in THE IRONWORKERS' HAYRIDE, a two character musical play set in 1910, with music by Emmy Award winner Lanny Meyers and libretto by Pulitzer Award winner Robert Olen Butler, directed by Eric Michael Gillett. Michael played the title role in the Centennial Anniversary of PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN directed by Olivier Award winner Jim Culleton of Fishamble Theatre Company and also the role of Thomas MacDonagh in EASTER RISING 1916, both at Symphony Space. He created the lead character of Henry Chisholm for the IEEE Honors Ceremony, portraying a scientific researcher who travels through time to celebrate world innovators in electronics technology, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Michael was also creative consultant on this project, developing the concept and the script.
Michael was Co-founder of Performers at Work Ensemble Theater Company, creating one of the first new play festivals in NYC; a member of the Workshop at the Neighborhood Playhouse, contributing to the development of over 75 new stage works; and Co-chair of the Playwrights Roundtable.
His diverse plays and performance pieces include THE PIECES OF PAPER PROJECT; THE USUAL SPACE; OH, VERY YOUNG; and I WANT TO BE A DANCIN' MAN, which have been presented at Here Arts Center, the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Joyce Soho, the Irondale Center and others, as well as music venues such as the fabled Roseland and Tatou, and the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Hollywood. Michael's work as a designer has been seen at the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His collaborations include a wide range of forms including work with minimalist composer and Laureate of the International Tchaikovsky competition Anton Batagov, multiple Emmy Award winning composer and arranger Lanny Meyers, trailblazing cellist Matt Haimovitz, and Pulitzer Award winning author Robert Olen Butler.