Designer | Professor | Researcher | Technologist
Michael enjoys exploring projections with an optimistic eye towards technology. He is specifically interested in the intersection of live arts and technology, and in developing new approaches to storytelling through emerging technologies.
Within the theatrical world, he has designed for such shows as He Left Quietly (Toronto SummerWorks, Best Production Award), and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Yale Repertory Theatre). He served as assistant projection designer on Newsies: The First National Tour (Disney Theatrical, Designer: Daniel Brodie) and In a Year With 13 Moons (Yale Repertory Theatre, Designer: Peter Nigrini).
His video art and installation work include On Guard and Water Closeted, both presented at the Yale University Art Gallery. Designing for dance is a specific passion of his, which has included work with Grisha Coleman (echo::system) and ongoing collaborations with Belinda McGuire Dance Projects. He also enjoys creating sound and projection experiences, such as providing the visual side of composer Matt Otto's AlgoRhythym, and his own thesis work, TECHknowSELF.
He has specialised in working with media server systems for large scale corporate and industrial events through his work with WorldStage. During his time based out of their San Francisco Lab, he worked on events across the USA and Macau for clients such as Wynn, NBC Studios, Intel, and Nokia Bell Labs.
He is based in his native Toronto and is a member of the faculty at the School of Performance at Ryerson University, where he teaches and is writing curriculum to integrate projection and digital tools into the program. He enjoys the technology and the art equally, and is pursuing research in the role of new technologies in live art.
He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, holds a BFA from Ryerson University in Toronto and was an Eldon Elder fellow at the Yale School of Drama, where he received his MFA in Design.