Michael Balsley

Michael has appeared on the PRT main stage in Death of a Salesman, directed by Elina de Santos. His Regional theater credits include The Lion in Winter (Portland Stage) and Richard Greenberg’sTake Me Out (Repretory Theater of St. Louis/ Hartford Stage Co / TheaterWorks), for which he received a Kevin Kline Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. New York Off-Broadway theater credits include NY premiers of Naomi Wallace’s In the Heart of America (Rising Circle) and Jovanka Bach’s Name Day (Barrow Group), The Heiress (Roundtable Ensemble). Off-Off Broadway credits (greatly edited to protect the actor’s reputation) include The Feigned Courtesans (New York Classical), One Flea Spare (Columbia Stages), workshop productions of Miss Julie and Stop/Kiss (Studio Tisch) and the workshop production of Susan Sontag’s Parcifal (Hotel Savant/Public). Film credits include The War Within (2005). And commercials pop up every now and again.

Michael spent 2000-2005 living and studying in New York City, where he received his MFA in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program in 2003. Some favorite productions included Henry IV pt. 1 (Henry), Measure For Measure (Angelo), Playboy of the West Indies (Mac), Carlos Gozzi’s The Serpent Woman (Faruscad). He co-produced the 2003 Freeplay Festival at NYU, which was a weeklong repertory of six productions per day, some published but mostly original works, all generated and performed by the class. He has studied in NYC with Ron Van Lieu, Deborah Hecht (speech), Chris Bayes (clown), Jim Calder (movement/kinetics), and Zelda Fitchandler; in LA, Lesly Kahn. He has interned and later served as company manager of New York Stage and Film.

Michael is a member of The Actor’s Center and The LARK Play Development Company in New York. In LA, he is a new member of Pacific Resident Theatre Company

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