Michael is an arts manager, artist advocate, organizational consultant and facilitator dedicated to fostering conversations, supporting training, and promoting systemic change locally, regionally, and nationally around issues of equity, access, and inclusion.
For the past 11 years Michael has served as the Managing Director of The Lark, an international theater laboratory based in New York City, where he oversees finance, fundraising, human resources, strategic planning, and co-leads equity, access, and inclusion planning, policy, and training for the 23-year-old company. He is honored to work for The Lark, an organization dedicated to reinvigorating the theater as a platform for conversation and debate by nurturing visionary playwrights and connecting them with audiences nationally and internationally. Representing The Lark, he was an inaugural member of the artEquity/Theatre Communications Group Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute. As a facilitator he has work with many organizations including the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Cornell University, Theatre Communications Group, The New School, and Yale University. Previously he served as Director of Development for Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), Membership Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Managing Director of Assembly Productions, and Director of Annual Fund for Trinity School. He is currently working on a study for the New World Foundation exploring the intersection of theater and social change.
He serves as Vice President of the Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation Board of Trustees and has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (ART/NY), The MAP Fund, the Philadelphia Arts Initiative (The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage), New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and Theatre Communications Group (TCG).
As a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar, Michael spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where he served as a management consultant for the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Training has included workshops with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Michael studied music at Trinity College and arts management at Carnegie Mellon University. He is originally from Bunkie, Louisiana and currently lives in New York City with his husband Jim. Gender pronouns: he, him, his.