Bio

SAG-AFTRA, AEA

MICHAEL KIRBY is an actor, producer, voice-over artist and acting coach. He is a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Michael has performed both
onstage, onscreen and in voice-overs since he was a teenager. Most recently, he stars in the short films Stakes and Lou currently in post-production. He appears as Paul The Apostle in the film Weekend At Jesus’ coming out soon. He was in the feature film Brown Paper Bag (Best Picture San Diego Black Film Festival) currently on the film festival circuit. This fall 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 starting several great actresses from the Star Trek World, and 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.

As a producer he just 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).

As teacher, he 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 also the grandson of MGM contract actor and Canadian Figure Skating Champion Michael Kirby.

Video

Michael produced and co wrote the film Stakes with writer/director Ryan Denmark. See it now above. 
A parental negotiation-comedy
The trailer for Hell’s Heart written and directed by Ryan Denmark.
Click the link for the official website of the film

News

Producing

Michael produced the comedy short film AC written by Heather Older and directed by Sonia Sebastian staring Jennifer Bartels and Robert Foxworth. It is currently hitting the festival circuit. He is also in pre production for the feature film Cat Came Back written by Dylan Jones, about 4 sisters with 3 different Mothers and one Dad who gave them all …

Résumé

Film & Television

StakesLeadBazbrie Productions
LouLeadBazbrie Productions
Weekend at Jesus’SupportingFinn Films
Brown Paper BagSupportingDetdrich McClure
Hell’s Heart           LeadThird Star Films
Admiral Rickover:
Nuclear Power    
Guest StarPBS
BenevolenceSupportingTreo Pictures
Boston PublicRecurringDavid E. Kelly
ConnectedLeadSetec Films
Chase the SlutLeadThird Star Films
Passing NormalSupportingPolite Pictures

Theatre

Off Broadway

Richard III: Born With Teeth
Rivers/Richmond
Epic Theatre Ensemble/ Ron Russell
OthelloRoderigo
Epic Theatre Ensemble/ Ron Russell

New York

The Belle’s Stratagem*
Doricourt
Pearl Theater Company/ JR Sullivan
Merry Wives of Windsor (Terrace)
Dr. Caius
Brave New World Rep/ John Morgan
Jester’s DeadGoosethe PIT/ Tamara Fisch
Speaking To the Dead**
BrandonTheatre Lab/ Sharon Fogerty
Romeo and Juliet
MercutioHip to Hip/ Jason Marr
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
DemetriusHip to Hip/ Jason Marr
Epicene or the Silent Woman
Dauphine(re)Directions/ Tom Berger

Regional

Cat on A Hot Tin RoofGooperAntaeus/Cameron Watson
Bent
Kapo/Lieutenant (u/s)
Mark Taper Forum/Moisés Kaufman
Henry IV, Part 1
Prince Hal
Antaeus/ Michael Murray
What The Butler Saw
Nick/ Match (u/s)
Mark Taper Forum/ John Tillinger
The Glass Menagerie
Jim O’Connor
Syracuse Stage/ Tim Bond
Tickled Pink**
Mitch Putnam
Laguna Playhouse/ Martin Bergman
Leading Ladies
Leo Clark
Barnstormers Theatre/ Clayton Phillips
School of Night
Kit Marlow
Mark Taper Forum/ Bill Alexander
The American Plan
Gil Harbison
Old Globe/ Kim Rubenstein
Romeo and Juliet
Benvolio/ Romeo (u/s)
Old Globe/ Rick Seer
Merry Wives of Windsor
Bardolf/ Fenton (u/s)
Old Globe/ Paul Mullins
Two Gentlemen of Verona
ThurioOld Globe/ Matt August
The Four of Us**
Benjamin (u/s)
Old Globe/ Pam MacKinnon
Hamlet
Player Queen, Francisco
Old Globe/ Darko Tresnjak
The Goat or Who is Sylvia
Billy (u/s)
Mark Taper Forum/ Warner Shook
Berkley Square
Peter Standish
East Lynn Theatre/ Gayle Stahlhuth
A Tale of Charles Dickens**
Beard, Brixy, Pockets
LA Theatre Works/ Paul Lazerus
Don Juan
Octavio, Fabio
Siglo de Oro Festival/ Anne McNaughton
Chekov x 4
Yakov, Ensemble
Antaeus/ Sabin Epstein

* Reading
**World Premier

Training

MFA Old Globe/USD Professional Actor Training Program: 
Rick Seer, Sabin Epstien, Jan Gist, Johnathan McMurtry, Patrick Page, 

BA Cal State Fullerton: 
Svetlana Efremova, Dan Kern, Donn Finn, Jim Volz

Lesly Kahn’s Comedy Intensive

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts: 
Shakespeare Program

USC BFA Acting Program: 1  Year

Scene Study: Dakin Matthews, Alfred Molina, Nike Doukas, Jeanie Hackett, Rich Cole, Peter Henry Schroder

Improv: Upright Citizens Brigade/ The Groundlings

Special Skills

Dialects: British(Standard/Cockney), New York, Irish, Southern, Italian, French

Stage Combat: Fight choreographer 

Volleyball, Baseball, Billiards, Yoga, Bodybording, Snowbording, Bicycle Riding

Contact

Email Michael