Michael last directed a run of the rarely performed Call Me Madam by Irving Berlin which made number 1 in the Guardian top 5. Prior to this he directed Ruthie Henshall's one woman show in London's West End at The Hippodrome which gained 4 stars in The Times. In July 2012 he directed The Fix at The Union, London which again made The Guardian top five and made the top 3 shortlist in the Off-West End Awards, 2013.
Michael's production of Sondheim's 'Assassins' at The Union Theatre won the Off-West End Award for Best Production, also attaining Critics Choice and Show of the Week in Time Out. He directed a new production of 'Godspell' to mark it's 40th anniversary at the same venue.
Michael trained at the Guildford School of Acting. On graduating he went into the original cast of 'Miss Saigon' at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane then worked for twenty years in numerous West End Shows leading repertory theatre and number one tours.
Working with Stephen Sondheim was a personal high point for Michael. He did this at Oxford University during Sondheim's professorship there.
Directing Ruthie Henshall's first Royal Festival Hall one woman show drew him into directing at the request of Jonathan Shalit and then directing the dark controversial play 'The Pitchfork Disney' by Philip Ridley at The Mill, Arnaud, cemented this ambition.
Michael executive-produced Ruthie Henshall's solo CD, 'Pilgrim' and two CDs of humorous poetry with Lord Denham and Joanna Lumley '(A Thing of Shreds and Patches/'Victorian Plums'). He worked on the Robert de Niro movie 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' as co-musical supervisor. Michael worked with director Jonathan Kent and legendary composer Michel Legrand on the first workshop of 'Marguerite' (Lucien). He staged and directed 'The Attic', a new musical about old and new toys and their values clashing written by Mark Carroll. This was performed at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket with a West End cast. The cast album is now available.
He staged and directed 'Company' at C Venues at the Edinburgh Festival, which received five stars from The Scotsman and much acclaim. In 2009 the show was re-produced by The Union, again receiving rave reviews.
Michael appeared as himself and produced music and the Youtube Top 5 video 'Arm Candy' for comedienne Tricia Walsh Smith for the cult series Pineapple Dance Studios which sold globally and had its finale at the Indigo02 .
In 2010 he also staged the high profile Womens' Inspiration Awards at Cadagon Hall.
October 2011 saw 'The Baker's Wife' at The Union with Michael Matus and Lisa Stokke which made The Guardian top five and rave reviews. He then again staged The Womens' Inspiration Awards which had by this time extended to Los Angeles as well as London (its main recipient being Annie Lennox for her work in Africa). He did the same in both cities in October 2012.
Michael masterclassed as a director for The Sondheim Society in a programme that included directors Jonathan Kent and Jeremy Sams and on invitation has just created an education module for the society.