When in training, he worked under some of Europe’s most iconic theatre artists. At the Milan University, he worked under directors Giorgio Strehler, Luca Ronconi and Franco Zeffirelli. At Warsaw National Academy of Dramatic Art, he studied with the Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda. At Oxford University, Michael was mentored by Sir Richard Eyre, Thelma Holt and Sir Cameron Macintosh. In 1999 he was awarded a MA (Oxon) in English Literature at Oxford University. In 2003 he was the trainee director at London’s National Theatre where his mentors included NT’s Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, Sir David Hare, Sir Alan Bennett, Katie Mitchell, Howard Davies and Kevin Spacey.
Recent theatre directing credits include Noël Coward’s Bitter Sweet at Bard Summerscape staring Sian Phillips, the world premiere of Peter Nichols’ Lingua Franca (Finborough Theatre, London and 59E59 Theater, New York), Amadeus for Maltz Jupiter Theater, Our Class for the Roma Teatro Festival, Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending a Staircase (Old Red Lion), Glyn Maxwell’s Mimi and the Stalker (Theatre 503), Le Mariage by David Lescot and Fragile! by Tena Stivicic (Arcola Theatre), Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams by Nilo Cruz (Finborough Theatre), Change of Heart (New End), Twelfth Night (Haugesund Festiviteten, Norway), The Marys (Southwark Playhouse and Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford), A Perfect Ganesh by Terrence McNally (Gielgud Theatre), The Seagull and Two for the Seesaw (Old Fire Station, Oxford), Scenes from an Execution, White Chateaux and The Stronger (Minerva Theatre, Chichester).