Fundamentals of Acting I
Stephen Michaels 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 Lloyd Richards, Peter Frisch, Irma Sandrey and Harv Dean. He is now teaching at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
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 and AEA. He is also a member of the Playwrights and Directors Unit of the Actors Studio.
New York directing credits include “Doll’s House,” “Picnic,” “A Thousand Clowns” and “Creditors.” Recently, 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 “Suburbia” at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Besides teaching at Strasberg and the Tisch School of the Arts, Mr. 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, and Michael Howard Studios.
Mr. Michaels, a student of psychoanalysis, is also a candidate at NPAP, a New York institute that trains lay analysts.