Stephen A. Michaels

Adjunct Instructor

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Acting II: Advanced Scene Study

B.A. Harvard University

Besides teaching acting at the Strasberg Institute and the Tisch School of the Arts, Stephen Michaels has served on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the New School, the School of Visual Arts, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Art, and Michael Howard Studios. Mr. Michaels is a member of the Playwrights and Directors Unit of the Actors Studio. Mr. Michaels attended Harvard College, where he played Hamlet, and directed a production of “Yeomen of the Guard,” which was broadcast over PBS. At the Tisch School of the Arts, he studied Directing, with Peter Kass. He later trained as an actor with Lee Strasberg and other noted teachers, including Lloyd Richards, Peter Frisch, Irma Sandrey, Charlie Laughton, Harv Dean, and Bob McAndrew. Theater roles in New York include Jim Tyrone in “Moon for the Misbegotten,” Judge Brack in “Hedda Gabler,” Tusenbach in “The Three Sisters” and Tony Wendice in “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” He last appeared in the feature film “Once We Were Strangers,” that went to Sundance. Mr. Michaels is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. New York directing credits include “Doll’s House,” “Picnic,” “A Thousand Clowns” and “Creditors.” Recently, he has directed several plays at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: “Spike Heels,” “Closer,” two by Melfi—“Birdbath” and “Lunchtime”—“Sunday on the Rocks” and “Some Girls.” He also directed “Suburbia” and "A Gown for His Mistress" at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Most recently, Mr. Michaels directed a staged reading of his own play, “Costas the Barbarian,” at the Actors Chapel in Times Square. He is currently directing an evening of scenes for the Strasberg Institute.