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About

Michael is an actor, director, writer, and teaching artist in the NJ/NYC area, as well as Co-Managing Director of The Black Box in Bergen County, NJ.

With the Black Box, Michael is privileged to be engaged with world-class writers in incubating their new and under-produced work. These include: Eric Bogosian, John Patrick Shanley, Craig Lucas, Paul Schrader, Beth Henley, Neil Labute, and the Estates of Edward Albee and Sam Shepard. More Info/how to get involed: www.blackboxpac.com.

   

As an actor, he has performed in NYC at The SoHo Playhouse, The Chain Theatre, Theater for the New City and Nuyorican Poets Cafe; as well as regionally with The Black Box, Hudson Theatre Works, Women's Theatre Co., and The Phillipstown Depot Theater.

    

He also continues to work as a Teaching Artist/private acting coach. He has taught various populations, including adults with special needs. He works regularly with Arts Horizons, Yeshivat Noam, and with YACHAD’s improv workshop for adults with special needs. As a private acting coach he has helped students get accepted to institutions such as NYU Tisch, and Pace's MFA program. He also collaborated as dramaturg for Daya Arts' classical Indian Dance piece, Vaisravana, which premiered in Washington DC at the Prakriti Dance “Festival of Villains.”

For Private Lessons/Inquiries please email: mdgardiner94@gmail.com

When Michael isn’t acting, directing, writing, or teaching, he is probably enjoying a hearty craft beer, watching/logging movies on Letterboxd with his cat, Arya Stark.

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"My favorite movie scene is the opening of Altman's The Long Goodbye."-- Arya

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