Michael Dean Morgan’s primary artistic medium is collaboration. Michael is an interpreter of the human experience who honors the traditions of theater craft to create vibrant and authentic experiences that bridge the gap from practiced skill to human impulse. He seeks to create communities where all voices are valued and elevated.
As an educator, theatre maker and human being, I seek to dismantle the racist and colonial institutional power structures of the theatre community and industry. These structures continue to dictate whose stories are valued and what artists are permitted to be the storytellers.
As a teacher of speechcraft, I see these structures continue to dictate whose voices, accents, and idiolects are “correct” and have value. I take on the responsibility to advocate in my areas of influence, new, diverse, and inclusive pedagogies and practices that value the individual. I may fail, but I will keep trying!
Michael Dean Morgan is an American stage actor and theater professor from Waukesha, WI. All of Michael’s artistic disciplines converge at Rowan University’s Department of Theatre and Dance where he is a tenure-track professor. He is the resident speech and dialect coach, a mainstage director, teaching classes in Acting, Voice, Speech, Dialects, comedic styles, on-camera, and produces the Senior NYC Showcase. Michael spent six years as adjunct speech professor and theater director for the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Michael trained and received his MFA in Acting under master teachers Robert Cohen and Richard Brestoff at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California at Irvine. Here, Michael was also mentored by Dudley Knight (pictured below with Michael in My Fair Lady in 2002) and Phil Thompson. Michael will soon become a certified Knight-Thompson Speechwork instructor! B.A. in Theatre, English and Education from Carroll University in Waukesha Wisconsin.
Michael Dean Morgan
As an actor, he was seen on Broadway in the musical Amazing Grace. Other 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 team behind Frozen; Off-Broadway in the new musical Goldstein at the Actors Temple; as well as concerts at 54 Below and regional theaters such 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.
Michael’s screen credits include the NBC’s Manifest, HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, Amazon’s Alpha House, as well as several incarnations of Law and Order and a guest appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (that is a fun story).
My Fair Lady with Dudley Knight
"Forum" at The Princeton Festival
As stage director, Michael is a regular director on Rowan University's mainstage, with The Wolves opening spring of 2020. His return to the Princeton Festival, New Jersey’s premier performing arts festival, with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (pictured on left) and his Man of La Mancha both won rave reviews from the Philly Inquirer and several regional papers.
Michael is also a theater researcher and founder of the Theatre Story Archive LLC (TheatreStoryArchive.com) which was awarded the $10k Rowan Seed Grant. Michael’s research also includes a Broadway interview book with collaborator Christopher Gurr examining the evolving definition of the Character Actor in American Theater.
Additionally, 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 LLC, a professional speech and dialect company.
Active member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).