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About Me

 
 

MIchael French

is originally from London, England. As a boy he saw the play “Cathy Come Home” by Jeremy Sandford on the seminal British television series Play for Today. Thirteen years later he formed the Glasshouse Theatre Company where he wrote and directed the award wining play “The Rainy Season” and the much-acclaimed “Bellyache”. He stayed in England writing and directing until his father died and left him a pot of gold with which to see the world. After fourteen months riding bison in Alaska, he traveled to New York City to study the Meisner technique at the Acting Studio. 

It took him only three weeks to realize that he had made a terrible mistake; directing was his great love, not acting. Nestled under the wing of esteemed director Tom Ellis, Mr. French stayed in New York City for the following ten years and directed over thirty-five productions in every space imaginable. Including, world premiers of “The Inner Workings of a Man” for Eva Minemar, “And On” for multi-award wining playwright Franco Alessandro, and two of his own plays, “There’s Something Cruel,” and “Alaska”. In 2003 Mr. French relocated to Boulder, Colorado where he co-founded the influential theatre company Theatre13 and co-wrote and co-produced “The Buddha Prince”, a walking play about the life of the Dalai Lama. “The Buddha Prince” has toured the U.S. extensively and was performed in Central Park in New York City during the summers of 2005 and 2008. More recently he was selected as one of only twenty-five directors to participate in Lincoln Center’s prestigious 2015 Director’s Lab, and one of only eight director’s to the 2016 Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Mr. French is currently in the Bay Area of San Francisco as a resident director for PlayGround, a director on Boxcar Theatre’s immersive spectacular “The Speakeasy,” and as the Artistic Director of the multi-disciplinary performance group known as Theatre Aluminous.