Faculty Profile:
Michael Samuel Kaplan

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Credits in this year's Festival:

Speech Instructor

First year on Faculty  with Opera NUOVA


As an actor, Michael’s recent Off-Broadway and regional credits include productions of Driving Miss Daisy, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Night Alive, Red, Opus, Miss JulieIntimate Apparel, Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, The Government Inspector, Our Town, It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, Those Learned Ladies; the New York City premiere of A Splintered Soul; First Maria’s recent Italian and American production of Hamlet at Teatro Circulo in New York City; Kansas Repertory Theatre’s 2016 summer rep of Harvey and Angel Street; as well as the American regional premieres of The History Boys, Oblomov, Handle with Care, Ants and God’s Ear. He received his formal training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale Drama School, American Conservatory Theatre and UCLA, and has studied with private instructors Milton Katselas, Jeffrey Tambor, Nina Foch, Nikolai Guzov and Patsy Rodenburg.

As a teacher and coach, Michael has served as an Assistant Professor in the BFA Musical Theatre and Acting Programs at Ithaca College and as an Artist-in-Residence/Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University. For nine of the past ten summers, he has served, variously, as Directing of Acting Programs and Creative Director at the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) at their campuses in Manhattan and Vermont.

His television credits include Law & Order, Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell, and Unsolved Mysteries.

He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (U.S.), SAG-AFTRA, and VASTA, the Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association. He is also currently an MFA 2019 Candidate in Theatre Voice Pedagogy at University of Alberta.