Michael Bloom is an award-winning director, teacher and writer, and the former artistic director of Cleveland Play House. His Manhattan Theatre Club production of Donald Margulies’s Sight Unseen garnered a Drama Desk nomination for Best Director. He won the Elliott Norton Prize for Best Production in Boston for Gross Indecency at Huntington Theatre Company. In the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, he directed the world premiere of Margulies' Dinner With Friends.
Michael has directed at many of America’s finest theatres including American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, and Cleveland Play House, where his productions included Rich Girl (premiere), Well, Ten Chimneys, Thornton Wilder’s Heaven’s My Destination (premiere), and Tom Stoppard's Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with The Cleveland Orchestra. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival he directed Michael York and Linda Purl in Nora and Christopher Reeve in The Guardsman. In Japan he directed The Glass Menagerie and The Miracle Worker.
In addition to having headed the Acting and Directing programs at the University of Texas, Austin, Michael has taught at:
New York University
Harvard University/American Repertory Case Case Western Reserve University
Thinking Like A Director (Faber & Faber)
Jane Austen's EMMA (Samuel French)
Christmas Freud (adapted from David Rakoff)
The Fagin Effect
Nathan the Wise (adapted from Lessing)
Artists and Admirers (from Ostrovsky)
Laura Linney and Denis Boutsikaris in Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies, directed by Michael Bloom at Manhattan Theatre Club