Michael has designed for the Playwrights Rep since its inception. Past Broadway productions include Master Class by Terrance McNally, the revival of Wait Until Dark, and Julia Sweeney’s God Said Ha. He has worked extensively Off Broadway and at regional theatres around the country, including the NY Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Rep, the Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Pasadena Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Bay Street Theatre, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Michael is a resident artist at Trinity Rep, where he has designed many shows in his 22-year association with the company— most recently A Delicate Balance, Our Town, The Henriad, and The Buz’Gem Blues.
Other recent designs include the premiere of The Secret Letters of Jackie & Marilyn at Pittsburgh Public Theatre; The Stendahl Syndrome by Terrence McNally; the opera The End of the Affair by Jake Heggie and Heather McDonald; the opera Dead Man Walking at NY City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Pacific, and subsequent national tour; Paper Doll at Pittsburgh Public Theatre; and The Invention of Love at the Wilma Theatre.
In 2000, Michael received the Philadelphia Barrymore Award for his set design. He teaches design at Brown and at the Rhode Island School of Design.