A Minnesota native, Michael has been acting professionally on stage, screen, and behind the microphone for a decade. He graduated from Juilliard in New York City, where he trained in contemporary and classical theatre for four years, and immersed himself in voice and speech, stage combat, movement, clowning and scene study. During his time there he played roles such as Chris in All My Sons, Joe Bonaparte in Golden Boy, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for which he was awarded the prestigious John Houseman Prize.
His theatre credits include Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Cincinnati Playhouse/Rep. Theater of St. Louis), Alan in Bound (Hollywood Fringe), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater), and Ned in Small Mouth Sounds (Jungle Theater).
On screen he recurred as Lt. Gator on TNT’s The Last Ship for five seasons, and most recently Luke in comedy pilot Compound Fractures, alongside George Wendt and Adam Busch.
He has recorded over a dozen audiobooks for Harper Collins and Scholastic including the critically acclaimed Pax and Pax Journey Home, for which he won the Audio File Ear Buds award.
In 2019, Michael relocated to Ireland, where he earned his MA in Writing at National University Ireland, Galway. Along with his acting work, he currently writes and develops independent film, tv, and games.
Michael continues to coach privately, teach workshops (The Loft Literary Center) (Galway Arts Centre), and most recently served as dialect coach for the upcoming series Django (Canal Plus).
For a sample of Michaels Voice work- please see below
“Michael Curran-Dorsano is heartbreaking as Ned—his name tag a sign of
his hunger to make connections. He conveys the whole heart with which he
has leapt into this experience, the desperate desire for it to make a
difference in his life.” TalkinBroadway.com – SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS – The Jungle Theater
“Hands down, though, this year’s VIPs are the Cratchits. Meghan Kreidler returns
as a loving and clear-eyed maternal figure, while Michael Curran-Dorsano plays
Bob with apt modesty. Add a rotating cast of kids bursting with life, and you have
a Cratchit clan that feels like a family you know, not just a pathos-laden tableau
for Scrooge to peruse.” City Pages – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – The Guthrie Theater
“This sequel to the well-known children’s book, PAX, returns listeners to the world of Peter and his pet fox, Pax, who were separated by war. Here narrator Michael Curran-Dorsano transitions seamlessly between timeframes and points of view. A year after Pax and Peter’s separation, Curran-Dorsano recounts Pax’s joyful welcoming of fox cubs into the world. But his tone for Peter, now an orphan, reflects the boy’s sadness and confusion. When Peter joins Water Warriors, a group bent on repairing the war’s ecological damage, Curran-Dorsano reflects his surprise at encountering young people who can love after loss. Eventually, Pax is brought back into the life of his boy, and Peter is impacted by Pax’s trust and love. The story and its narration make for a poignant sequel.” S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021. – AudioFile Magazine – PAX JOURNEY HOME