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 graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his B.A. in Theatre Arts (Acting) and Communication.
As an actor, he has performed Off-off Broadway at Theater for the New City and Nuyorican Poets Cafe; as well as regionally with Black Box PAC, Hudson Theatre Works, Women's Theatre Co., and The Philipstown Depot Theater.
Michael is currently the Co-Managing Director of The Black Box Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. He also is the director of Shakespeare Programming, having spearheaded free touring Shakespeare productions to Bergen County in 2018. Since its inception, he’s directed Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet (BroadwayWorld NJ WINNER Best Touring Production 2019).
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.”
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 with 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