For the past twenty-five years Michael has been a co-creator (with John Turner), performer and producer with internationally acclaimed clown duo Mump & Smoot, creating 7 full-length shows. Michael is a graduate of the University Of Guelph Drama program and has studied physical comedy, clown, mask, improv and movement with Richard Pochinko, Ian Wallace, Fiona Griffths, Philippe Gaulier and The Second City. He has taught at The Yale School of Drama, Tel Aviv University, California State University, Guelph University, Bishops University, Equity Showcase, The SPACE, The Humber College Comedy program and now at the University of Alberta. Michael’s directing credits include: The Christmas Carol, The Hobbit and The Wizard of Oz at The Globe Theatre in Regina, The Second City’s Family Circus Maximus and Insanity Fair in Toronto and co-directed Embryo’s on Ice in Chicago, Half a Sixpence at Bishops’ University and The Hollow at Berkeley St Theatre. Michael has been recognized for his work with a Dora award, two Canadian Comedy awards, a Boston Theatre award and a Drama Logue award (California).