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Lir Academy Training
- MFA Stage Design - 2021
Michael is a theatre professional who is excited to be honing his craft at The Lir Academy. He hopes to find the opportunity to facilitate cross-culturalcollaboration between the Irish and American theatre worlds through his designs for theatre, dance, broadcast, and more. His design experience includes work in L.A., San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Bangkok, and Paris, with some notable institutions including San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, and others. He currently holds the position of Touring Lighting Director for Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project, though they are not actively touring due to the pandemic. He is also experienced as a Technical Director, Production Manager, and Master Electrician and is a member of IATSE Local 122. Some notable credits of his include Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir (Associate Lighting Designer), Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel (Lighting Designer), Ariel Dorfman's La Muerte y La Doncella (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Benjamin Millepied's I Fall, I Flow, I Melt (Associate Lighting Designer) and Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem (Midwest Premier, Lighting Designer). Examples of his work can be found in his online portfolio at mfrdesigns.net.