Michael is a broadway actor and director who has spent most of the last decade working for Disney Theatricals and touring all over the globe. He was last seen on Broadway in the epic new musical Amazing Grace, the story of John Newton. Other performance credits include the first and second national tours of Mary Poppins as Mr Banks; the comic hornbill, Zazu, in The Lion King; and originating the role of Marlin in the world premiere of Disney’s Finding Nemo – The Musical written by the Oscar winning Frozen team.
This summer he will be join the new Off-Broadway musical “Goldstein” at the Actors Temple. Other stage credits include Off-Broadway and concerts at 54 Below as well as the McCarter Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Bucks County Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Music Theater, and Utah Shakespeare. On screen credits include the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, Amazon’s Alpha House, as well as several incarnations of Law and Order.
As stage director, Michael’s return to the Princeton Festival, New Jersey’s premier performing arts festival, with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” won rave reviews from the Philly Inquirer.
Michael is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Rowan University. He holds an MFA from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California at Irvine where he trained in the Knight-Thompson Speechwork. He is also a regular theatre director and speech professor for the Princeton Theological Seminary having recently directed the Paragon Springs and the Joan of Arc play, The Lark.
Michael was a founding member of the New York based multimedia performance ensemble Coyote Rep and is founder and owner of The Dialect Lab of Princeton, a professional speech and dialect company.
Active member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), The Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).