Directing credits include: A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre – annual production, designed by Ming Cho Lee with choreography by Rob Ashford - since 1998), Die Fledermaus Sarasota Opera Company, and the world premiere musicals: Behind The Limelight about Charlie Chaplin (New York Musical Theatre Festival and New York Stage & Film), Caligula, (which sold out an extended run at the Theatre at St. Clements as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival – and won the festival's first audience favorite award), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Barrington Stage Company, La Gioconda (Off Broadway - Clurman Theatre) and Retribution (Off-Broadway, Lambs Theatre).
Other recent directing credits include Paul Scott Goodman’s Tiny Dancer at the Prince Music Theatre and, upon the request of John Kander, a new version of The Rink, starring Leslie Uggams and Janet Metz at the Cape Playhouse.
Upcoming directing credits include readings of Dillinger at the York Theatre on September 20 and Behind the Limelight October 29 & 30 as well as productions of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre in December, the opera, Puccini's La rondine at Sarasota Opera Company in March, 2008 and Kander and Ebb's The Happy Time at the Signature Theatre in DC in April, 2008.
Other directing credits include Noises Off (New Harmony), Meet Me In St. Louis (The MUNY), Triumph of Love and School For Wives (The Weston Playhouse), The Mikado and Kiss Me Kate (The Depot Theatre), Changes of Heart (Barrington Stage – BRAVO Award), On The Razzle (Babcock Theatre, Salt Lake Cuty), In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe (Juilliard), Crimes of the Heart (Blowing Rock Stage), Still (World Premiere), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Game of Love and Chance (French language productions), Cries From the Mammal House (American Premiere), Cleavage and Smokes (Mark Taper Forum – NWF) and Taming of the Shrew (Complex Theatre, LA).
Michael teaches acting classes in New York City in his own studio. He has directed Love's Labours Lost, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Three Sisters, Joking Apart and Buried Child and Boy Gets Girl at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as three musical showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Click HERE for information on his private classes.
Readings include Dillinger: the Musical, Liberty Smith, The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses for the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, Christina Alberta’s Father (Nat’l Music Theatre Network), Water From The Moon (Education Alliance Center) and Dance On The Rooftops, Summer of ’42 and Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus all at The York Theatre.
Broadway assistant directing credits include: King David, A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden (’96, ‘97) and the first reading of The Night They Raided Minsky's for the late, Mike Ockrent, Buried Child for Gary Sinise and Steel Pier for Scott Ellis. Off-Broadway assistant directing credits include Eyes For Consuela (Manhattan Theatre Club) for Terry Kinney and Closer Than Ever (The Cherry Lane) for Richard Maltby, Jr.
At Steppenwolf Theatre, in his hometown of Chicago, Michael assistant directed A Clockwork Orange for Terry Kinney and Buried Child for Gary Sinise. Film and television credits include Picket Fences, HBO’s Truman, Albino Alligator, and Ransom.
He is the proud father of twins, Phoebe and Nathaniel.
Before becoming a director, Michael worked in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as an actor. Highlights include performing in all three plays of the Neil Simon trilogy: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues (regional tour) and Broadway Bound (Broadway Tour and Jupiter Theatre), appearances at The Cleveland Playhouse, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Jewish Repertory Theatre in L.A., and performances in several Shakespeare and Moliere plays. Film acting credits include Body Trouble, Albino Alligator and Wolfpack.
Michael lives in New York City with his wife, actress Janet Metz. known for her performances on and Off-Broadway in Falsettoland, Marie Christine, Joseph… (starring opposite Donny Osmond), On The Town, Fiddler On The Roof, Once Upon A Mattress, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Bingo: The Musical. Their proudest production: twins Phoebe and Nathaniel.