Michael Berkeley directed/musical directed more than 40 shows for TriArts Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT having served as Resident Musical Director for nine years and then as Artistic Director from 1999-2012. Michael's directing credits
include: Grease, My Fair Lady, The Will Rogers Follies, Gypsy, Forever Plaid, Joseph..., Bye Bye Birdie, How To Succeed..., Little Shop..., Anything Goes, etc.
Additional musical directing credits
include Gateway Playhouse (Bellport, NY), Candlewood Playhouse (Danbury, CT),
Ironwood Theatre (Ironwood, MI), Royal Palm Dinner Theatre (Boca Raton and Key
West, FL), Ordway Theatre (St. Paul, MN), Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Musical Supervisor) and Wayside Theatre (VA). Michael's musical direction and conducting have taken him
around the world, including the Far East tour of South Pacific, the U.S./ Canadian Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), and cruise ship revues. He has musical directed and arranged shows for theatres
around the country, for industrial shows, and for NYC's cabaret rooms. Michael has spent many years as an Equity actor, having appeared on stages across the
As an educator, Michael has
worked extensively with youth theatre programs, teaching workshops, serving as an artist-in-residence and director/musical director. In 2004, he helped establish a musical theatre program at the Region One high school in Connecticut, where he has directed/musical directed students in an annual musical. His
original youth musicals, Imagine That!
and Off The Wall, are licensed
through Miracle Or 2 Productions (www.miracleor2.com). Michael has also served as director,
musical director, and arranger for Potential
Unlimited -- a series of concerts at the Bardavon Theatre (Poughkeepsie, NY)
celebrating the musical talents of performers with developmental disabilities.
A member of the BMI-Lehman Engel
Musical Theatre Workshop and ASCAP Composers Workshop, Michael currently has
three licensed shows appearing around the country, including the
critically-acclaimed Irving Berlin revue I Love A Piano created and written with Ray Roderick
and represented by Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals (www.rnh.com). Most recently, his Rip! The Musical, a new musical based on Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, also co-written with Ray Roderick, had its premiere at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, NY.