Stephen A. Michaels

Adjunct Instructor

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Acting II: Advanced Scene Study

B.A. Harvard University

Besides teaching 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, Michael Howard Studios, and others.

Mr. Michaels is a member of the Playwrights and Directors Unit of the Actors Studio, and on the administrative committee. Three of his full-length plays have been read there. He is member of the Dramatists Guild.

He 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 Larry Moss, Lloyd Richards, Lyle Kessler, Chazz Palminteri, 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.” 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 a showcase for Conservatory graduates. He directed “Suburbia” at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Most recently, Mr. Michaels directed a staged reading of two of his own plays, “Costas the Barbarian,” and “Release,” at the Actors Chapel, in Times Square. At the Playwrights and Directors Unit, he directed a reading of “Funny,” by Gabe McKinley. Mr. Michaels’ play “Costas the Barbarian” was read again at the Actors Studio. His latest play, “New Haven Dream,” was also presented at the PDU, as well as an earlier play, “Release.”