He recently co-starred in and produced the dramatic feature film The Light of the Moon, written and directed by Jessica M. Thompson, which took home the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW 2017 and sold to Imagination Worldwide and Amazon. The film premiered theatrically in Fall 2017 with the support of UN Women and is streaming on Amazon Prime and all major digital platforms.
Michael also starred in and produced the critically acclaimed feature film Happy New Year, written and directed by K. Lorrel Manning, executive produced by Iain Smith (Wanted, Children of Men, The Fountain). The film’s premiere at the SXSW and Hamptons International Film Festivals was followed by a successful tour through 16 international film festivals, garnering impressive reviews, winning 6 awards including Cuomo for Best Actor and Manning for Breakout Director (RIIFF). Happy New Year received a successful theatrical engagement in New York, and played limited engagements across the country, bolstered by the support of Stop Soldier Suicide. It is distributed by Snag Films.
Michael recently worked on Billions (Showtime, dir. Shaz Bennett), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, dir. Amy Sherman-Palladino), Orange is the New Black (Netflix, dir. Nick Sandow), Daniel Isn’t Real (Samuel Goldwyn, dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer), What Breaks the Ice (Goldcrest Films, dir. Rebecca Eskreis) and We Win (SXSW/VimeoStaffPicks, dir. Michael Stahl-David). He has several feature films in heavy development including the dramatic thriller Replaceable (Brace Cove, dir. Todd Graff), among others.
Michael studied business, creative writing and theater at Loyola University in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, before moving to New York City. His acting teachers include Joseph Chaikin, Bruce Ornstein, Seth Barrish and Lee Brock of the Barrow Group and Brad Calcaterra of The Studio. For two years as a creative assistant to writer and director Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam, Joyful Noise), he was fully immersed in the world of film and television writing and production at the studio level.
Michael is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). In his spare time, he reads to children through the SAG Foundation’s BookPals (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and mentors inner-city high school students through the Ghetto Film School’s industry outreach program. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with his partner Allyson and their highway rescue pup Gracie Jane.