"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life,
it will require some extraordinary action on your part."
A Midwest implant from Southern California, Michael developed an interest in the performing arts from watching Home Improvement with his dad as a child. His passion for leadership was cultivated by his training with the Boy Scouts of America; he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 2007.
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College in Kansas, where he occasionally returns to instruct stage management workshops for high school students from across the state. A well-seasoned theatre stage manager, Michael has managed productions with Texas Shakespeare Festival, Cumberland County Playhouse, Great Plains Theatre, The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. He has recently redirected his energies to expand his opera repertoire, managing works with Austin Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and Wichita Grand Opera.
Michael's professional stage management experience includes repertory, touring, dinner theatre, children's theatre, and opera. The strengths he brings to the profession are a positive work ethic, a sense of humor, and a desire to grow. In addition to stage management, Michael is also a practiced director and skilled properties master. Outside of work, newlywed Michael enjoys traveling, cooking gourmet food, and watching movies; Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Twister are among his favorites. In his travels, Michael also makes an extra living driving for Uber and Lyft. Michael is ever grateful to his family, friends, and wife Heather for their undying support and encouragement of his passion for the arts.
"You don't lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership." - Dwight D. Eisenhower