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 tell epic stories; cultivate experiences; and create singular universes. My approach to theatre-making germinates from the idea of penetrating past the external world and diving into the internal world of our divine spark - where we confront the deepest issues of our shared cultural humanity. Maurice Maeterlink once said, “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.” To deeply explore, engage, and attempt to untangle, our socio-political milieu I excavate from this primal source in creating performances.
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 and Gallery Players. Regionally, he has directed at the Serenbe Playhouse and Hangar Theatre.
He is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow, and was a recent 2050 Directing Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. He studied Performance Art at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and Directing at California Institute of the Arts.
He is currently a Director with the Civilian's R & D Group and is in residency with The Center at West Park with his newest work, Love, Medea. It will have its first production January 6th – 18th 2020.