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Kay Michael

Kay Michael



About me

Theatre and Film Director

Trained at Drama Centre London - Directing, 1st Class (2011 - 2014)
University of Warwick: English and Theatre Studies, 1st Class (2006 - 2009)

Founding member of Curious Directive
- "Amongst the young names to watch" - The Sunday Times

Artistic Director of Empty Deck
An international collective committed to staging new work that crosses artistic forms and geographical borders.

On Arne Lygre’s Then Silence:

★★★★ Theatre Bubble, Exeunt Magazine

“Kay Michael has created a non-stop, thrilling physical version of this frightening, intelligent play.” 

- Andrew Haydon (Postcards from the Gods)

“Vivid, hugely inventive, searching work.... Terrific performances... Directed with flair and intuition”

- James Grieve Artistic Director, Paines Plough

Additional Skills

Courses taken:

Suzuki & Viewpoints Training and Residency with Kinderen Van De Villa, Belgium, June 2015

RSC Student Directors Two-Day Workshop with Greg Doran; Cicely Berry; Owen Horsley

With Song of the Goat Theatre:
Source, Being and Active Relationships (Gabriel Gawin)
States of Readiness

With Barbican Weekend Labs:
Katie Mitchell
Thomas Ostermeier
Théâtre de la Ville

With Living Pictures:
Polly Teale
Working on 'The Changeling' with Joe Hill-Gibbons
Relationships in Space (Dan Barnard, Rachel Briscoe)
Listening & Responding: Meisner and Chekhov (David Haugen)

Urban Performance Project - Para Active Theatre Company;
Intensive Physical Expression: Laban - The Bones Theatre Company
Text Analysis - Vik Sivalingam (RSC);
Developing Directing Skills - David Farmer;
Theatre on a Shoe-String Budget - Old Vic New Voices;
The Role of the Director in Devised Theatre - The Team Theatre Company;
Site-Specific Theatre - Punchdrunk;
Physical Theatre - Gecko Theatre

Skilled in planning and leading community youth theatre classes, drama workshops, and practical teaching of Shakespeare for secondary school pupils.

Member of Young Vic Directors Programme

Member of National Youth Theatre (2007) - training includes improvisation, storytelling, mask, clowning, new writing, and physical theatre.

Trained member of Bedford Youth Theatre 2004-2006 (under the direction of Matt Cullum)

LAMDA certificates: The Speaking of Verse and Prose; Acting - Solo; Group Devised Performance

Industry Awards

Creative Landscape Award, NSDF, for multimedia and physical devised performance 'Return to the Silence' (March 2009)


Available on request


Primary Job Title
Secondary Job Title
Director, Assistant
Job Titles
Admin Assistant, Assistant Stage Manager, Box Office Assistant, Casting Assistant, Casting Director, Director, Director, Assistant, Drama Facilitator, Drama Tutor, Movement Director, Production Assistant, Production Co-ordinator, Production Manager, Production Photographer, Set Designer, Stage Assistant, Usher
Years in industry
1 to 3 years
Company Experience
Childrens Theatre, Educational Theatre, Exhibitions, Regional Theatre, UK Touring Theatre
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Experienced in
Comedy, Dance, Drama, Exhibitions, Live Events, Shakespeare, Showcase, Tragedy
Interested in
European Tour, Live Events, UK Tour, World Tour
DBS checked
Driving Licences