Michael began working in theatre in the sixth grade in Houston, TX, but has always known that he would have a career in the arts, and continued to be active in theatre throughout high school at Houston HS in Memphis and Oakville Senior High in St. Louis.
His involvement in collegiate and professional theatre began at a very inauspicious place: a 2003 community theatre production of Annie. The director of that production, Ted Gregory, would later graciously offer Michael a scholarship to Lindenwood University, where he earned a BFA in Theatre Directing (Summa Cum Laude).
At Lindenwood, Michael was very active onstage and off, participating in over 20 mainstage productions, many more blackbox productions, and directed several shows including Edward Albee's The Sandbox and an adaptation of Richard III, placing the classic tragedy in a modern totalitarian state.
It was also through Lindenwood that he was given an internship with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as an actor with the Education Tour, performing at area schools for thousands of students annually and garnering consecutive Kevin Kline Awards for Oustanding Production for Young Audiences in the ensemble of Me & Richard 3 and Quick-Brewed Macbeth.
Also, Lindenwood gave him an opportunity to expand and nurture his expertise in the field of audio/visual, graphic, & web design and video production. Since 2007, his client list has grown to include Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, New Jewish Theatre, Mustard Seed Theatre, Dramatic License Productions, Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble, Gitana Productions, The NonProphet Theatre Co. and numerous individual freelance projects.
He continues to perform as a Teaching Artist with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour as well as numerous after-school programs and summer camps, including the Shakespeare Squadron, an advanced training program for teen actors.