A graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting, favourite roles include Corcadorca Theatre Company, Daghdha Dance Company, and Graffiti Theatre Company before going to advanced training at the prestigious Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Michael is one of Ireland’s leading practitioners in physical theatre, training in France, Ireland, The Laban Guild and SITI Company (under the artistic directorship of Anne Bogart).
Film and television credits include ‘Sodium Party’ (Cork Film Festival); ‘Aristocrats’ (BBC); ‘Nationwide’ (RTE); ‘The Mystic Knights of Tir na Nog’ (Sky); ‘Smithwick’s Are you going for a Pint’ (ITV and RTE), ‘Ireland: 1848’ and ‘Window’ (RTE).
Theatre appearances include: ‘Ariel’, ‘St. Joan’, ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ and ‘Macbeth’ (The Abbey Theatre); ‘Pagliacci’ (Everyman Palace Theatre, winner of the Irish Times Best Opera award); ‘Faithful Place’ (Louise Lowe); ‘Hyde and Jeckyll’ (Dublin Fringe Festival); ‘Elevate’ (Dublin Dance Festival); ‘Promises Promises’ (Project Arts Centre), ‘City of Clowns’ (Barabbas Theatre Company); ‘The Journey Home’ (The Belgrade Theatre). Most recently Michael appeared in ‘His Left, Her Right’ (Mermaid Arts Centre).
In 2020, Michael directed ‘The Grimm Tales’, TU Dublin B.A Graduation performance (Smock Alley Theatre). Other directing work includes ‘Peter Pan’s Cirque D’Imaginaire’, ‘A Wonderful Life’ (TUDublin Theatre); ‘Showcase 2017’, ‘Showcase 2018’, ‘Showcase 2019’, (The New Theatre); ‘The Dead Woman’s Son’ (Smock Alley Theatre); ‘Persians’ (Skidmore Theatre). Favourite movement director credits include: ‘Guerilla Days in Ireland’ (The Olympia Theatre); ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Antigone’, ‘The Silver Tassie’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘As You Like It’ (Mermaid Arts Centre); ‘Collecting Dolls’ (The Civic Theatre).
Michael’s teaching experience includes: The Gaiety School of Acting; Dundalk Institute of Technology; The Conservatoire, TUDublin; TCD; National University of Ireland, Maynooth; Most recently, he was invited to work again with SITI Company, hosted by The Civic Theatre. Michael is currently Theatre Artist in Residence with Smashing Times Theatre Company, working on the upcoming State of the Arts Festival in October this year.
Michael is a recipient of grant aid funding from South Dublin County Council, Culture Ireland, Irish Actors Equity and The Arts Council. He is a member of Amateur Drama Adjudicators in Ireland, IACAT and the LABAN guild, and is forming a theatre training ensemble based on the pedagogy of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart.