MICHAEL KIRBY is an actor, audiobook-narrator, producer, voice-over artist and acting coach. Michael has performed onstage, onscreen and in voice-overs since he was a teenager. Most recently he appears as Paul The Apostle in the film Weekend At Jesus’ coming out soon. He was in the feature film Brown Paper Bag ( Pan African Film Festival, Best Picture San Diego Black Film Festival). He stars in the short films Stakes and Lou among many others. Upcoming Michael will help tell the amazing tale of Storyville, the famous red light district of New Orleans in the early 20th century, playing the federal lawyer that took it all down and starting several great actresses from the Star Trek World, it will be directed by Christin Baker. He has appeared with leading roles in two feature films from Director Ryan Denmark, including Chase The Slut (official pick of the Edinburgh Film Festival) and Hell’s Heart (premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival). Other film and television appearances include Connected, Passing Normal, Benevolence, PBS’ Rickover: Birth of Nuclear Power and Fox’s Boston Public.
He produced the short film AC directed by Sonia Sebastian starring Jennifer Bartlels and Robert Foxworth currently on the film festival circuit. He is in pre-production for the feature film Cat Came Back written by Dylan Jones. Michael has recorded Voice Over work including several radio plays for LA Theatre Works and has narrated and produced audio books available on Amazon and iTunes. Michael has performed at many theaters across the US, including off-Broadway with Epic Theatre Ensemble and multiple shows at The Mark Taper Forum (most recently Bent by Director Moisés Kaufman). Through his work with the award-winning LA Theatre Works, Michael toured the country performing on stage and in studio radio plays. He also worked at The Old Globe in San Diego, including past work with Tony award-winning directors Darko Tresnjak and Pam MacKinnon, as well as at Syracuse Stage, The Barnstormers Theatre and The Laguna Playhouse (Tickled Pink written by and co-starring Rita Rudner). He is a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
As teacher, he is an Adjunct Professor of Voice and Acting at Cypress College and has taught in New York City with Epic Theatre Ensemble, as well as workshops at Syracuse University, Pomona College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Polytechnic University and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, among many others all over the country.
He is the grandson of MGM contract actor and Canadian Figure Skating Champion Michael Kirby.