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 35 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 OHIO University began at the School of Theater in 2003. He was Head of the Production Design and Technology Program from 2007-2012. Since 2012 he has served as the Director of the School of Theater. In 2018, he was named Artist Director of the Tantrum Theater, OHIO University’s professional theater. Michael taught for fourteen years at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and at the University of Southern California.
Awards: Columbus Theatre Roundtable, Helen Hayes (DC) Nomination, L.A. Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Logue and Robby Awards, Indianapolis Corbin Patrick, and USITT Ezekiel. Prague Quadrennial curator and presenter.
Member: United Scenic Artists, USITT, Phi Beta Kappa.