About

     Michael first got into acting when, at the age of four, he began imitating Ebenezer Scrooge from one of the many iterations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He sat in a chair by his grandmother’s fireplace eating his “gruel” and grumbling “Bah humbug!” Eventually this love of imitation and play translated into his enrollment children’s acting classes in his native New Jersey.

     In high school, Michael had the pleasure of playing Scrooge, as well as Jesus in Godspell and Danny Zuko in Grease (talk about range!).

     Later, Michael attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied Acting and Communication. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his B.A. in Theatre Arts and Communication. At FDU, Michael balanced two majors and leading roles in mainstage productions.

     Soon after graduating, Michael was cast as Jonah in Bad Jews at Black Box Studios in Teaneck, NJ. Since then, he has been an active member of Black Box’s ensemble/repertory company.

     Michael continues to work with other theaters and on other projects and has expanded his interest to other aspects of the industry. He began working as a director with Black Box with a student production of Psycho Beach Party. He had a stint as the Marketing Associate for Pushcart Players, a touring children’s theatre company. He is also a Teaching Artist at Black Box Studios and with Arts Horizons.

     When Michael isn’t acting, directing, writing, or teaching, he is probably enjoying a hearty craft beer and watching reruns of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the company of his girlfriend, Larissa, and his cat,  Arya Stark.

"What are you talking about? Do you know what you're talking about? Are you just talking for the sake of talking? Lubricating the gums?"--Dodge, Act II, Buried Child by Sam Shepard

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