Michael French – Director

Michael French is originally from London, England. He saw Jim Allen’s The Spongers on the seminal British television series “Play for Today” and was transformed. Thirteen years later he formed the Glasshouse Theatre Company where he wrote the award winning play The Rainy Season and the much-acclaimed Bellyache. The demise of Glasshouse saw Mr. French move to New York City to study acting at the Acting Studio. It took him only three weeks to realize that he was in fact a director. He stayed in New York for the next ten years and directed over forty-five Off-Broadway productions in every type of space imaginable. In more recent times, Mr. French has co-written The Buddha Prince, a “walking” play about the life and times of the Dalai Lama, which was performed in Central Park in New York City in 2005 and 2008, and founded his own multimedia theatre company, theatre aluminous.  in Oakland, California. He has also been selected as one of only twenty-five directors to participate in Lincoln Center’s prestigious 2015 Director’s Lab program, and been selected as one of only seven directors to the 2016 Great Plains Theatre Conference.