and theatre. 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.