Ensemble - Mainstage
- Joined VTSL: 1999
- Michael saw his first VTSL show when he was 14 and took his first improv class that weekend.
- 2016 (June & July) Michael was part of the VTSL touring company (with Graeme Duffy, Denise Jones and Laura Skelton) that performed on the Crystal Symphony’s cruise of the Baltic and Scandinavia
- Favourite VTSL role: Loose Cannon Cop in Gritty City Fever
- TV credit: guest star, Motive
- Film credits: Lead role, A Snow-Capped Christmas (2016), TRON Legacy (2010), Good Luck Chuck (2007)
- IMDB Profile
- Favourite book: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
- Favourite movie: District 9
- Comic inspiration: Christopher Lloyd
How did improv change your life?
“My big brother brought me to an improv show (at Vancouver Theatresports) in 1987, I was 14 years old. I went to the drop in workshop that sunday. I was fortunate to have a teacher through grades 8, 9 and 10 that was a fan and had improv/theatresports as part of the drama curriculum. I remember one of my big brother’s friends, whom I really respect, saying ‘Michael, if you can improvise, you got the world by the balls.’
I was on a team in High School, pursued acting in university, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City where I studied and performed for 3 and a half years, only to return to Vancouver and take improv at Theatresports in 1998.
I am a professional actor with 30 commercial credits and over 80 film and TV credits. I have studied acting since I was 14 but Improv is my most used tool, I believe, it got me the part, and secured the next one. But most dear, most precious and what makes me most proud, is the person I think improv made me; open, giving, brave, playful, caring, and with a Joy For Life.”
ICI instructor bio:
Michael has been a mainstage performer with the Vancouver Theatresports League since 1998, a fan since 1987 and a fireman never. He also does movie stuff and TV stuff, commercial stuff, stuff outside and stuff late at night. That kind of stuff.