Michael enjoys a successful career as a set designer working for opera and theatre companies across the United States and abroad. Regional Theater (selected): Portland Center Stage; Ford’s Theatre; The Old Globe; Cleveland Playhouse; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Asolo Repertory Theatre; The MUNY; Papermill Playhouse; Pittsburgh Public Theater; and multiple productions for Goodspeed Musicals. Off-Broadway (selected): The Bus and the American Premier of Frank McGuinness’ Gates of Gold (59 E 59); Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova); The Black Suits (The Public Theater); Things to Ruin (Second Stage, The Zipper Factory); The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Theaterworks USA at The Lortel). Selected Tours: James Taylor’s One-Man Band; Ella. Michael recently designed Marie Antoinette the Musical for TOHO in Tokyo, Japan. His production of Phantom for EMK International has been running in Seoul, South Korea for over eight years.
Essays in Teaching Critical Performance Theory in Today’s Theatre Classroom, Studio, and Communities (Routledge 2020), Text and Presentation, 2019 (McFarland 2020), and Performing Ethos demonstrate his research focus on the tension between materiality and ephemeral performances. He serves as managing editor for design at thetheatretimes.com and is co-creator and co-editor of Prompt: A Journal of Theatre Theory, Practice, and Teaching.
His work can be viewed on his website: www.msportfolio.com.