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Michael Gene Sullivan

 
Bio:
Michael Gene Sullivan is an actor, writer, director, blogger, and teacher committed to developing theatre of social and economic justice, of political self-determination, and, of course, musical comedy. A veteran actor, Michael has acting credits at the Bay Area's three Tony award-winning ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Michael Gene Sullivan is an actor, writer, director, blogger, and teacher committed to developing theatre of social and economic justice, of political self-determination, and, of course, musical comedy. A veteran actor, Michael has acting credits at the Bay Area's three Tony award-winning ... (read complete bio)
 

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Michael Gene Sullivan* and Cast Photo

Michael Gene Sullivan* and Cast

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11/22/2019
Ryan Drummond, Dean Linnard*, Michael Gene Sullivan*, Larissa Kelloway, Anthony Rolli Photo

Ryan Drummond, Dean Linnard*, Michael Gene Sullivan*, Larissa Kelloway, Anthony Rollins-Mullens*, Sophia Introna*, and Danielle Philapil.

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Michael Gene Sullivan, Eddie Grey and Natalie Schroeder Photo

Michael Gene Sullivan, Eddie Grey and Natalie Schroeder

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11/09/2018
Passepartout (Tristan Cunningham) enjoys a cup of tea while (L-R) Detective Fix (Mich Photo

Passepartout (Tristan Cunningham) enjoys a cup of tea while (L-R) Detective Fix (Michael Gene Sullivan), Phileas Fogg (Jason Kuykendall) and Aouda (Ajna Jai) navigate the seas in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Around the World in 80 Days. The hilarious hol

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L-R: Passepartout (Tristan Cunningham) challenges Detective Fix (Michael Gene Sulliva Photo

L-R: Passepartout (Tristan Cunningham) challenges Detective Fix (Michael Gene Sullivan) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Around the World in 80 Days. The hilarious holiday adventure adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne plays at the Lucie St

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Michael Gene Sullivan Biography

Michael Gene Sullivan is an actor, writer, director, blogger, and teacher committed to developing theatre of social and economic justice, of political self-determination, and, of course, musical comedy.

A veteran actor, Michael has acting credits at the Bay Area's three Tony award-winning regional theatres: American Conservatory Theater , The San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He has also performed at the Denver Center Theatre Company, The Magic Theatre, The Marin Theatre Company, Symmetry Theatre, Central Works, Word for Word , Lorraine Hansberry Theater , San Francisco Shakespeare Festival , and Theaterworks, as well performances off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Asian People's Theater Festival (Hong Kong), The Canadian Popular Theatre Festival, the International Outdoor Theatre Festival (Korea), the Israel Theatre Festival, and the Theatre Action Festival (Belgium,) and since 1988 he has been a principal member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe , where he has acted in, directed, and/or directed over twenty-five plays in the US and abroad.

His one person show, "DID ANYONE EVER TELL YOU - YOU LOOK LIKE HUEY P. NEWTON?" , premiered at the New York Fringe Festival, and went to award winning and critically acclaimed runs at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco.

A contributing writer on San Francisco Mime Troupe shows since the mid-nineties, in 2000 Michael became Resident Playwright for the Troupe, and has written and co-written some of the biggest hits it the history of the company, including 1600 TRANSYLVANIA AVENUE, MR. SMITH GOES TO OBSCURISTAN (with Josh Kornbluth), VERONIQUE OF THE MOUNTIES, GODFELLAS, RED STATE, (nominated for The San Francisco Bay Area Critic's Circle Award for Best Original Script of 2008,) the Mime Troupe's 50th Anniversary production TOO BIG TO FAIL, (nominated for Best Original Script of 2009), POSIBILIDAD, or DEATH OF THE WORKER, 2011's apocalyptic extravaganza, 2012: THE MUSICAL!, and FOR THE GREATER GOOD, or THE LAST ELECTION.

"1984", his critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel, opened at Los Angeles' Actors' Gang Theatre under the direction of Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins. Approved by the Orwell Estate, and published by Playscripts, Inc. (the first U.S. published adaptation in 50 years), "1984" has had repeated extended runs in LA, toured to Australia, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and 40 of the United States. In 2013, in honor of Orwell's service on the Barcelona Front during the Spanish Civil War, Michael worked with acclaimed novelist and playwright Lluis-Anton Baulenas on translating his stage adaptation into Catalan, what long-time Spanish dictator Francisco Franco called the "language of the anti-Fascists." That translation premiered at Almeria Teatre in Barcelona, and was published by Edicions de 1984.

Other plays written by Michael include FUGITIVE/SLAVE/ACT, a drama based on a true story from pre-Civil War America, RECIPE, an all-woman political farce, scheduled to open October 2014 at Central Works (and which in 2012 had an all-star reading at the Will Geer Theater in Los Angeles) and a modern, worker oriented adaptation of Charles Dickens' CHRISTMAS CAROL. His screenplay work includes ANGELS, (written with John Grilley) a drama about the sex trade in post-colonial modern Philippines, and LOVE YOU MADLY, a bio-pic on the life of Duke Ellington, comissioned in part by the Ellington Estate.

A regular contributor to Huffingtonpost.com, one of the foremost political sites on the web, he also gave the closing speech at the 2008 Theater Bay Area Annual Conference (which was reviewed!)

An accomplished director, Michael has also staged several of SFMT's most popular shows, including 1600 TRANSYLVANIA AVENUE, VERONIQUE, COAST CITY CONFIDENTIAL, RED STATE, FOR THE GREATER GOOD , and co-directed MAKING A KILLING and MR. SMITH GOES TO OBSCURISTAN . Other directing credits include work with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (Mystic Bison Theatre), and the 2012 production of JULIUS CAESAR for the African American Shakespeare Company. Michael was Artistic Director of the Street of Dreams Theater ('80 - '86), Associate Artistic Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theater ('93 - '94.) From 2008 - 2010 Michael was also the director of San Francisco's all- woman, all-amazing, and all-hilarious CIRCUS FINELLI.

Michael's awards include The San Francisco Chronicle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting, The Bay Guardian's Upstage/Downstage Award and San Francisco Bay Area Drama Critic Circle Solo Performance Award nomination for "DID ANYONE EVER TELL YOU..." , and The Dean Goodman Choice Award for Principal Performer and Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination for his portrayal as Flick in VIOLET at Theatreworks. Michael was awarded the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Award for Best Direction for I AM A MAN at the Harbor Theatre and his re-staging of SFMT's I AIN'T YO UNCLE won several Dramalogue Awards, including Outstanding Direction. In 2007 Michael was awarded the Theatre Bay Area New Works Grant for playwrighting.

One of the original teachers for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's groundbreaking "Midnight Shakespeare" program for inner-city teens, Michael has been a teacher and director for the California Shakespeare Festival Summer Camp, and has taught workshops in Play Creation, Acting, Melodrama, and Physical Comedy at colleges and universities across the country. He has also worked as a "script doctor" and advisor for emerging playwrights, and has served as Playwright-in-Residence for the Young California Playwright's Project since 2001, teaching at-risk high school students how to create plays on subjects that matter to them, using revolutionary drama to change the world into the place they know it can be.




Michael Gene Sullivan News

Christine Dwyer to Star as Mother in RAGTIME at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Photo Christine Dwyer to Star as Mother in RAGTIME at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 2, 2022

This sweeping and stirring musical masterpiece paints a portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, interweaving the lives of three families—an African American family, a Jewish Immigrant family, and a wealthy white family—finding their places and pursuing the American Dream in a rapidly changing world.

Dominique Morisseau's BLOOD AT THE ROOT Comes to Custom Made Theatre in May Photo Dominique Morisseau's BLOOD AT THE ROOT Comes to Custom Made Theatre in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022

Custom Made Theatre Co. (Brian Katz, Executive Artistic Director) continues its 23rd season with the Bay Area Premiere of “Blood at the Root” by trailblazing playwright Dominique Morisseau, directed and choreographed by Darryl V. Jones. 

2022 Guggenheim Fellowships Announced Photo 2022 Guggenheim Fellowships Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

On April 7, 2022, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 180 exceptional individuals.

World Premiere of THERE'S ALWAYS THE HUDSON to be Presented at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Photo World Premiere of THERE'S ALWAYS THE HUDSON to be Presented at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2022

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present the world premiere of THERE’S ALWAYS THE HUDSON, Paola Lázaro’s exploration of what lies beneath rage and anger when partners in pain agree to torment those who have tormented them.

THE GREAT KHAN at San Diego Rep Photo THE GREAT KHAN at San Diego Rep
by - Feb 28, 2022

Special Offer - THE GREAT KHAN at San Diego REP

George Orwell's 1984 Returns To 18th & Union in March Photo George Orwell's 1984 Returns To 18th & Union in March
by Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2022

Radial Theater Project's production of George Orwell's 1984, adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan, reopens on March 10 2022 at 18th & Union in Seattle, WA. The production is directed by Radial Theater Project producing director and 18th & Union co-founder David Gassner, and will be performed to both in-person and live streaming audiences. 

Sam Woodhouse to Retire as Artistic Director of San Diego REP Photo Sam Woodhouse to Retire as Artistic Director of San Diego REP
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 14, 2022

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) announced that Sam Woodhouse will step down as Artistic Director in September 2022 after leading the company for 46 years. At the end of this season, San Diego REP will have produced 333 productions under Woodhouse’s leadership - more than 50 of them were world premieres.

Remote Theater And The Marsh Extend Run Of INSURRECTION Photo Remote Theater And The Marsh Extend Run Of INSURRECTION
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 12, 2022

Based on popular demand, Remote Theater- along with its partner, The Marsh - is extending its run of INSURRECTION, a multi-story play about the impact of the 1/6/21 attack on the US Congress. Among the playwrights are Michael Gene Sullivan, Eugenie Chang, and Tanya Shaffer.

The Marsh Joins Remote Theater's Online Premiere of INSURRECTION Photo The Marsh Joins Remote Theater's Online Premiere of INSURRECTION
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2022

The Marsh has joined Remote Theater as a producing partner of INSURRECTION multi-story play about the impact of the 1/6/21 attack on Congress. Among the playwrights are Michael Gene Sullivan, Eugenie Chang, and Tanya Shaffer. The actors include Stacy Ross, James Carpenter, Amy Resnick, Atticus Shaindlin, Bonnie Akimoto, and Samrat Chakrabarti.

Radial Theater Project 2022 Winter Mini-Season At 18th & Union Photo Radial Theater Project 2022 Winter Mini-Season At 18th & Union
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 13, 2021

In February and March 2022, Radial Theater Project will present back-to-back theater productions at 18th & Union in Seattle, WA.