Michael’s professional lighting design career numbers well over 300 productions in theatre, opera and dance. He has designed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally for more than 30 years. Highlights: the Broadway and national tours of Copenhagen, the Tantrum Theater production of Caroline, or Change, the Playwrights Horizons production of The Bubbly Black Girl… and the Cleveland Play House production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Michael’s extensive regional credits include long associations with Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre in Houston and the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. He has consulted on renovations for both Indiana Rep and Studio, where he designed lighting systems for two new theatres and all support spaces in the three building complex.
Michael had multi-year associations with Los Angeles Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and Santa Fe Opera. His multiple Broadway credits as an Associate Designer include hit revivals of Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes and original productions of City of Angels, Six Degrees of Separation and Lend Me a Tenor.
Michael’s full time teaching career at the Ohio University School of Theater began in 2003. He served as Head of the Production Design and Technology program from 2007-2012 and since 2012 he has served as the Artistic Director and Division Head of the Theater Division while continuing his professional career. Michael taught for fourteen years at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and at the University of Southern California. Awards: L.A. Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Logue, Corbin Patrick and USITT Ezekiel, Phi Beta Kappa.
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