Michael is having a blast teaching stagecraft and design here at The Beach! He brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in live entertainment that has carried him around the world in search of strange but good food, art, and entertainment. He has been a Flying Director and Mechanical Designer for Flying by Foy in Las Vegas, creating effects for the Hong Kong Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, and Tokyo Disney; a Mechanical Designer for Scenic Technologies on Broadway’s Nick and Nora; a Technical Consultant for BRC Imagination Arts on Universal Studios Osaka’s Movie Magic, Texas Spirit Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX, and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. He has also worked as a Technical Director and Production Manager for a variety of theatre companies, such as Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare Center LA, including their annual Simply Shakespeare fundraiser hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. He is a personal chef to the lovely and talented award winning costume designer Holly Poe Durbin. He is on the Board of Directors at Orange Home Grown in the City of Orange. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, specializing in mechanical effects for the theatre.