Michael began his acting career in 1989 on the Off-Broadway stages of New York City. He then continued his passion into feature and independent films, whilst maintaining his love for the Theater. He was asked to appear in several of the Law & Order series’, The Handler, The Practice, New York Undercover and Robbery Homicide Division. While working with some of the industry's most prominent actors and directors throughout his career, Michael has developed a distinguished reputation among industry professionals. He has worked with prominent directors, including: Sydney Lumet, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Harold Becker, Raymond De Fellita, Anthony Lover. Whom all were instrumental in his acting and teachings. Michaels friendship with Sydney Pollack was very instrumental to his teachings for the actor. "Always respect the process and guide them with authenticity".
Michael believes that the most important attribute one can teach is development for the actor. Understanding their craft. Utilizing the emotion, the imagination, the place and their senses within the work. I concentrate on the classics, as well as the contemporary works.
Michael taught acting and directed plays both in New York and Los Angeles at The Third Street Theatre, The Theatre for the New City, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Actors Playhouse, The Center Stage Theatre, The Professional Method Actors Studio, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
Michael continues to work with, mentor and coach many of the industry's most respected actors on location, one-on-one, as well as in his classes. He works with both Domestic and International actors, helping them achieve work and exposure. Students come from around the world to learn, discover, and sharpen their craft.
He is a member of N.A.S.T. (National Association of Schools of Theatre), as well as a volunteer Teacher & Lecturer for W!SE. (Working in support of Education) in the New York City Charter School Programs. He currently serves as a board member for the L.E.S. Festival at the Theater for the New City.