Born and raised in Hull, I trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. I have a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Hull and an MA (Dist) from Queen Mary University of London. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Directing credits include: CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, NELL GWYNN, EQUUS, PUNK ROCK (London College of Music), OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Institute of the Arts, Barcelona), CINDERELLA (Worthing Pavilion), SNOW WHITE (Harlequin Theatre, Redhill), CINDERELLA, ALADDIN, SNOW WHITE (Bridlington Spa), SUNSHINE ON LEITH (MTA, Bridewell Theatre). VENUS IN FUR; GOOD PEOPLE (German Premières, English Theatre Frankfurt); BREAKING THE CODE (English Theatre Frankfurt); BYE BYE BIRDIE, SEUSSICAL, URINETOWN, THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER (Trinity Laban); SOME GIRL I USED TO KNOW (Runaway Productions, West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour); THE BALLAD OF KITTY JAY (MTA, Bridewell Theatre); ELAINE PAIGE IN CONCERT (Royal Festival Hall, UK Tour); SLEEPING BEAUTY (Place Theatre); POOR TED (OnO Theatre Co.); COMPANY; HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS…; THE WIZ; BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (LIPA); SOHO CINDERS; HAIR (The Urdang Academy); SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY; NYMPH ERRANT (Mountview).
Readings: TO PAINT THE EARTH by Daniel Levin and Jonathan Portera, FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, a new British musical by Eamonn O'Dwyer and Helen Watts.
As Associate/Resident Director: SOUTH PACIFIC (Barbican & ATG Tour 2011/12), SPAMALOT (UK Tour, West End), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (ATG UK Tour and International Tour). THE QUEEN'S LACE HANDKERCHIEF, TALES OF OFFENBACH (Opera Dela Luna).
As performer: The Soldier’s Fortune (Young Vic), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall), As You Like It (Wyndhams, West End), Privates on Parade (New Victoria Theatre, Stoke). Michael played the Beadle in the original Watermill Theatre production of Sweeney Todd, (UK Tour/West End). Also at the Watermill: Martin Guerre, Piaf, Cinderella and the Enchanted Slipper, Fiddler on the Roof and Carmen.
I am also a drama examiner for Trinity College London, and have taught and led masterclasses at: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, Arts Ed, Mountview, Guildford School of Acting, Trinity Laban, London College of Music, The Urdang Academy, RAM, LSMT, CPA, Italia Conti, MT4UTH (Dublin), The Musical Theatre Academy and at the National Student Drama Festival.
Photograph: Daniel James Bennett