Creating art is an attempt to see beyond the veil of waking life, excavating the invisible worlds of our mind, heart, soul and shared humanity as a way to better understand, challenge and inspire our communities. Through this process we can unearth our individual and collective darkness that lingers within us and bring light and healing to these core wounds.
As artists, we are tasked with dreaming of a better tomorrow. Through art, we explore what that tomorrow could be, chart paths forward, and dismantle the broken systems which deplete us. We are called to question, experiment, challenge, transform, and rebuild. I am dedicated to a life-long process of listening, learning and growing.
I create work through a poetic visual art lens and create singularly fantastical worlds that hybridize theatre, contemporary performance, dance theatre, fashion, architecture, art/light installations and pop culture. My work experiments with form, aesthetics and diversifies stories and storytellers. I am interested in developing a broad range of new theatrical projects and liberating classical work.
“If we stay on a realistic level we remain ignorant of the eternal world and therefore of the true meaning of existence and destiny, of life and death.”
Michael has a diverse, and international, body of work - inclusive of classic and contemporary plays, new work, musical theatre, devised theatre, site specific/immersive theatre, performance art and art installations and events.
In London he has directed and developed work at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, Arcola Theatre, Westminster Library, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the British Museum; he was a guest director at the Brighton Festival and the PreGlej Na Gras Festival in Lljubjana, Slovenia. In New York he has developed with the New York Theatre Workshop, Drama League, Hook and Eye Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Center at Park Westand Gallery Players. Regionally, he has directed at the Serenbe Playhouse. Hangar Theatre and Echo Theatre.
Michael is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and Drama League Directing Fellow. He was a 2050 Directing Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and director with Civilians R & D group.He studied Performance Art at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and Directing at California Institute of the Arts.
Michael has started a new production company, The Muse Collective. Check it out here. He was previously Visiting Professor of Directing at Virginia Tech.