Michael is currently a Doctoral Candidate working on his dissertation, Performing Nerd: The American Nerd, Popular Culture, and Identity Formation. He has worked professionally predominately as a writer and an actor, both on and off Broadway, in regional theatres, and internationally as well. Scholarly interests include performance theory, critical theory, identity theory, linguistics, voice, Ancient Greek theatre, verse drama, Shakespeare, musical theatre, avant-garde theatre, and game studies.
Recent fun fact: Michael participated in the 2012 National Poetry Slam “Nerd Slam” in Charlotte, North Carolina and took first place for his poem “Old-School Gamer.”
Another recent fun fact: Michael was a guest lecturer for Maryland Public Television and the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company for the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered. He also appears in the MPT/CSC commercials “60 second Shakespeare,” usually in a very silly fashion.
MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 2003. MFA in Acting from Wayne State University, 2008. Summer Acting Residency at the Moscow Art Theatre, 2007.
Co-Artistic Director of the Pallas Theatre Collective, Associate Acting Member of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Recently played both Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus for a production of The Comedy of Errors (retitled The Comedy of Mirrors) as part of the 2012 Capitol Fringe Festival. Also had a play reading of his new drama Trophies workshopped by PTC this past summer. Directed the Criss-Cross Cabaret for PTC as well. And this past May, dramaturged and co-wrote Sandwalk, a mainstage production for TDPS at UMD.
Representative Publications/Research Activities:
Wrote an essay for a forthcoming anthology on Star Trek Fandom to be published by Intellect Books. Also recently wrote a Book Review for Shakespearean Neuroplay for Theatre Journal, March 2012.
Michael is slated to present papers this year (2013) at the Popular Culture Association Conference, the Comparative Drama Conference, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference.
Austin/Kanter Fellowship, Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (UMD) for 2010/2011.