Michael Whistler

Theatre Faculty, Humanities Division

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M.F.A., New York University/Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program          Graduate Acting Department

Teachers include:
Acting: Ron Van Lieu, Michael Kahn
Dialect: Nora Dunfee, Nadia Vanesse
Clown: Jim Calder, Gates McFadden
Neutral Mask: Constance Vallis-Hill

Zelda Fichandler, Chair
Singing: Deborah Lapidus
Stage Combat: J. Steven White, B.H. Barry
Movement: Susan Dibble
Spolin Games: Paul Walker

B.A., University of Pennsylvania           English/Theatre Arts


Teachers include: Cary Mazer, Chair, Theatre Arts Department (Advisor)
G. R. Proudfoot (King’s College, London), General Editor, Arden Shakespeare

Additional Artistic Training


Antonio Fava: Commedia dell’Arte in Performance (Founder, Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico)
Bobbi Block: Improvisational Technique (Co-founder, ComedySportz Philadelphia)
Susy Schneider: Writing for Solo Performance (Freehold Theatre Laboratory, Seattle)
Ki Gottberg: Writing for the Stage (Seattle Pacific University)
Mark Jenkins: Advanced Actors’ Lab (Freehold Theatre Laboratory, Seattle)



Adjunct Faculty, Fall 2001-Fall 2007
Instuctor, Theatre Faculty, Spring 2008 to present


Montgomery County Community College, Communication Program, Blue Bell, PA

Introduction to Acting, Advanced Acting, Introduction to Mass Media

Faculty Advisor, Fall 2001-Fall 2005


Montgomery County Community College Drama Club

Worked with the Office of Student Affairs to advise and guide a student led group, offering educational and professional experiences for students interested in theatre

  • Received a Faculty Diversity Initiatives Grant to create a new theatre piece, Hidden Rivers, an evening of oral histories collected from the diverse members of the Montgomery County community. The grant funded a theatrical event in which these stories were shared by the community members in their own words in February, 2006.
  • Produced 8 Drama Club Fall and Spring Productions, between 2001- 2005, working with student producers on all aspects of mounting a play.
  • Directed 3 productions (I Stand Before You Naked,The Zoo Story, and Baby with the Bathwater), working with student assistant directors to mentor them through the artistic processes and concerns of mounting a play.
  • Directed and scripted (through student discussions and improvisational exercises) orientation videos used to foster awareness of diversity issues on the college campus, working alongside the college’s Office of Diversity Initiatives.
  • Produced a synergetic event (working with the college’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Writers’ Group), presenting Joyce Carol Oates’ I Stand Before You Naked in coordination with The Writers’ Conference, where the author appeared as a keynote speaker.
  • Coordinated workshops for students with professionals, including Managing Directors, Producing Artistic Directors, professional actors and playwrights active in the Philadelphia theatre community, touching on all aspects of producing professional theatre and living as a professional actor.

Adjunct Faculty, Fall 2005, Fall 2007
Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring 2006 to Winter 2007


Arcadia University, Department of English, Communications, and Theatre Arts; Glenside PA

Improvisation for Acting, Acting Shakespeare, Neutral Mask, Commedia dell’Arte, Career Internships, Storytelling Tradition, Senior Thesis

Director, Summer 2006, 2007


Camp Shakespeare 2006 at Arcadia University,  Glenside PA

Adjunct Faculty, Fall 2005


West Chester University,Department of Theatre and Dance, West Chester PA

Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Acting (for majors)

Teaching Artist, Fall 2000-Spring 2007


Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Philadelphia PA

Served as visiting artist and teaching playwright in Rosetree/Media High School and The Haverford School.

Visiting Artist,Fall 2000- Fall 2006


InterAction, InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA

Visiting Artist, Fall 1992- Fall 1996


Open Door Theatre, Seattle, WA


Acting representative roles (member, Actors’ Equity Association)


Little Shop of Horrors Mushnik
The Man Who Painted Bosie Oscar
King Lear Edgar
Macbeth Macduff
Writing Aloud various
A Christmas Carol Bob Cratchit
The Midwife’s Apprentice Will
The Fetch Phil
Faust Sins, Hosts of Hell, Helen of Troy
Voices of Christmas Tenor
A Perfect Ganesh Ganesha
Invisible Friends Gary
Hopeful Romantic Alan
Mango Tea Manny
Freedom Song Snoo
Jekyll and Hyde Vernicker/Father
Twelfth Night Sebastian
Hamlet Laertes
The Bald Soprano Mr. Smith
The Normal Heart Mickey Marcus
Children of the Sun Protassov

Janet Pilla, Dir.
James Haskins, Dir.
Carmen Khan, Dir.
Tazewell Thompson, Dir.
David Sanders, Dir.
Tazewell Thompson, Dir.
Valerie Curtis- Newton, Dir.
Robert Sindelar, Dir.
Clay Martin, Dir./ Designer
Reuben Sierra, Dir.
Becca Shoenfeld, Dir.
Rita Giomi, Dir.
John Gancar, Dir.
Alex Aron, Dir.
Manuel Zarate, Dir.
Jay Harnick, Dir.
Elaine Sulka, Dir.
Ron Van Lieu, Dir.
Larry Sacharow, Dir.
Ron Van Lieu, Dir.
Liviu Ciulei, Dir.

Arcadia Theatre
Hedgerow Theatre
Phil. Shakespeare Festival
People’s Light & Theatre
InterAct Theatre Company
People’s Light & Theatre
Seattle Children’s Theatre
A Contemporary Theatre
Belltown Theatre Centre
Seattle Group Theatre
The Empty Space
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Alice B. Theatre
New City Theatre
Seattle Group Theatre
National Shakespeare Co.
New York University
New York University
New York University
New York University


Playwriting (member, Dramatists’ Guild of America)


Little Lamb : Currently in development through InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia; (Production May 2009)
Full length play for five performers centering on a gay couple adopting an African American baby

Casse Noisette :
Full length play for five performers examining the last years of P.I.Tchaikovsky and his nephew, Vova

Hidden Rivers: Stories of Lifelong Learning : Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, 2006)
Original work of interwoven oral histories, exploring the many cultures drawn to Montgomery County

The Man Who Painted Bosie : Hedgerow Theatre (Media, 2004)
Produced as a part of Hedgerow’s Wilde Festival, in conjunction with its production of The Lives of Bosie Two man piece, using excerpts of the writings of Oscar Wilde to illuminate Wilde’s life with Lord Alfred Douglas

Diversity Initiatives Video : Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell,2003)
Five short videos addressing diversity on the college’s campus, drawing scripts and performances from students’ own personal stories, elicited through exercises: these videos were integrated into the college’s Student Orientation Program

phidias8 : InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia, 2002); The Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, 2003)
Produced by InterAct Theatre Company during their National Showcase of New Plays; subsequent full production at The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. A full length play for four performers about gay chat rooms on the Internet

Voices of Christmas : The Seattle Group Theatre (Seattle, 1996)
Original work as part of an ensemble, creating personal stories of the holidays




Student Senior Thesis Presentation
Hidden Rivers: Stories of Lifelong Learning
Baby with the Bathwater
I Stand Before You Naked
The Zoo Story
Diversity Initiatives Videos

Arcadia University
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College


Awards and Grants

Commission, Annual Playshop Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Workshop
Commission for untitled work, to be presented in PTW's Annual Playshop Festival, Sprng 2010

20/20 Development Commission for New Work, InterAct Theatre Company
Cash award for the development of Little Lamb, an original work slated for production May 2009

Faculty Diversity Grant, President’s Office on Equity and Diversity Initiatives, Montgomery County Community College
Awarded to coordinate, write and direct a unique theatrical event, Hidden Rivers: Stories of Lifelong Learning, in February 2006; this event presented oral histories of the diverse members of the Montgomery County community, told in their own words, focusing on their journeys to Montgomery County and the pursuit of education

Professional Memberships


Actors’ Equity AssociationDramatists’ Guild of America
Northwest Writers’ Guild (to 1999)
Philadelphia Playwrights’ Forum at InterAct Theatre Company
Theatre Communications Group


Related Professional Experience


Camp Shakespeare at Arcadia, Arcadia University, Glenside PA
Designed, staffed and administered Arcadia University’s Shakespeare Camp for teens summer program, managed staff of 11. Camp Shakespeare is a two week summer intensive which allows young performers to learn about Shakespeare and his works by experiencing through the imagination, body and voice of an actor. Courses include Movement, Voice, Text, Improvisation, Shakespearean Worldview, Combat, Mask and Puppetry. The course concludes with a fully produced production of a 1 hour Shakespeare play.

Learning Communities Faculty Mentor, Arcadia University, Glenside PA

PlayPENN, Reader

Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Reader

President’s Diversity Committee, Montgomery County Community College (2006-present)

Barrymore Awards for Theatre Excellence, Nominator (2004-2006)


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