Rolling World Premiere at 59E59 Theaters TimeOut NY Critics Pick
By Amina Henry
a new play by Michelle Kholos Brooks 2018: iRT Theater 2019: North Shore Performing Arts Center 2019: Edinburgh Fringe Festival
A new play by Ray Yamanouchi TimeOut NY Critics Pick
A co-production of NLTP and Access Theater, Strange Country premiered in New York and was awarded the inaugural New Light New Voices award. "Tough but tender ninety-minute drama" -- Village Voice "A complex and thoughtful work." -- Exeunt Magazine
NYC Premiere at 59E59 Theaters, sold-out run. Off-Broadway extension at Theatre Row
A 25th Anniversary production "Absorbing evening of theater!" -- OffOffOnline
A new play by Paul Calderon Starring t.v.'s David Zayas (Dexter), the show held a sold-out run as a co-production of Access Theater and Primitive Grace.
"A rewarding night of theater" -- Theatre is Easy ". . .crisp, fresh and enticing. Beautifully fragile and honest" -- NY Theatre Guide TimeOut NY: The Season's Coolest Prop
a new adaptation by Jared Reinmuth An NLTP production at Urban Stages, called: "Rich... Spectacular... Epic Fun!" --Yvonne Korshak, Let's Talk Off-Broadway
A new musical revue by Kyle Norris and Edward Juvier at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
a new play by Owen Panettieri At the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, a co-production of NLTP and 5000 Broadway Productions. "A wonderful performance that was passionate and heartfelt." -- Broadway World NY 1 Arts Pick of the Week
As part of the Ross Howard Festival a co-production with Access Theater
a new play by Jayme McGhan and Andy Pederson
“New Light Theater Project holds true to the standards of the Little Theater Movement with this revival.” -Marcina Zaccaria, Theater Pizzazz "Each actor creates distinctive bearing, movement, and speech...Director Jerry Heymann has a keen eye for subtle moments and nuanced timing.” -Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
@ Access Theater Originally workshopped at the Labyrinth Theatre w/ Philip Seymour Hoffman: "Mr. Calderon writes florid, rapid-fire New Yorkese... Nostalgic for a time when the poetry of masculine bravado held special mystique." -The New York Times "The acting in Divine Horsemen is so good!" -Yes Broadway
"Both ridiculous and strangely moving!" Jesse Green, The New York Times "Sly and keen-witted dark comedy." Time Out New York, Critics' Pick "Unexpectedly, marvelous new comedy." The Huffington Post
a co-production with Chicago Dramatists "Playful and intelligent whimsy!" TimeOut Chicago Entertaining and clever...touching scenes...laugh-out-loud funny. -Splash Magazine "...touching pathos and humor, colorful characters...a charming and clever testimony to love and loss that is imaginatively directed by Sarah Norris." -Chicago Theater and Arts
"Strangely appealing...aggressively quirky...her dialogue often pings with a darkly surreal humor." - Elizabeth Vincentelli, NY Times BEST BET from Theatre Is Easy "Perceptively imagined, lovingly staged, beautifully acted, and definitely different.” Jon Sobel BlogCritics.org
@59E59 Theaters "Humorous, surprising, and touching." - Marina Kennedy, Broadway World "Savagely funny, as well as intellectually right." - Leah Richards, Culture Catch A dark comedy about an aging hippie couple trying to hold on to their bohemian roots while dealing with the impending sale of their Upper West Side apartment building and the deadly familiarity of their own relationship. A play about love, addiction, and aging.
In 2021, Michael became the Managing Director of Pendragon Theatre, for over forty years the only year-round professional theatre in the Adirondacks.
Michael was also co-founder of New Light Theater Project, a non-profit theater company devoted to a Collective of nearly 50 theater-makers, producing both new work and revivals at affordable levels of ticket prices.
Since 2013, NLTP has produced 30 shows developing both new work and classic revivals.
NLTP's past productions have been honored with Best of Theater 2013 by The L Magazine (Picture Ourselves in Latvia), TimeOut NY Critics Picks (Everything is Super Great, The American Tradition, Breeders, Bubba), and other various acclaim.
Michael has also assisted in developing The Darkroom Series, a bi-monthly arts event where five outside artists and companies are invited to present 15 minutes of new work, free of charge, to an audience.
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From 2016-2018, Michael served as the Producing Director of Access Theater, a 25-year-old curated arts venue in downtown Manhattan, that has been a seedbed for emerging and established artists for decades, including Bedlam, Fiasco, Tom McCarthy, Aasif Mandvi, Stephen Belber, and many more.
He launched an inaugural year-long Residency Program, which in its first year supported twelve artists and theater companies, with a balance of diversity, gender parity, and emerging and established levels, providing free space to develop new work for one year. Notable Residents included Elevator Repair Service (The Public's Measure for Measure - September 2017), Waterwell (Under the Radar's Blueprint Specials), Frank Pugliese (showrunner for House of Cards), The Drilling Company (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot), Kristen Adele (artist and activist), and many others.
Further, Michael developed the Access Association Series, supported in part by the Cultural Development Fund and geared towards supporting full productions at various and affordable levels in Manhattan. Notable productions included: Omega Kids (a co-production with New Light Theater Project), Fringe of Humanity (written and starring Paul Calderon and Dexter's David Zayas), New Dance Theatre's Asylum, No. 11 Production's Friends Call Me Albert, and many others.
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B.A. from Indiana University and currently enrolled in the Executive Program in Arts & Culture through Penn University and NAS.