A Masterclass with director & producer Kerry Michael: Kerry worked on contemporary speeches.
About Kerry Michael
Kerry Michael is Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. Under his tenure-ship he has been nominated for 6 Olivier Awards and initiated unique projects including Home Theatre (bespoke theatre in homes) and Open Stage (6 month public curate season). Kerry has numerous directing credits; is a founding member of Stratford Rising; a director of ActiveNewham & member of Equity’s International Committee for Artists’ Freedom.
For Kerry’s full CV see here:
Kerry was appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) in September 2004. Since then he’s upheld the Theatre’s commitment to develop new work & provide a platform for voices under-represented in London. In 2007 TRSE was nominated for an Olivier Award for ‘a powerful season of provocative work that reaches new audiences’. Its hip-hop production Pied Piper won an Olivier the same year. The following year, Kerry’s production of Cinderella was nominated for an Olivier, the first pantomime nominated in the Awards’ history. TRSE’s been nominated for Olivier Awards for You Me Bum Bum Train, Roadkill & for Oh What A Lovely War.
Kerry’s directing credits include: John Adam’s opera, I Was Looking At The Ceiling & Then I Saw The Sky (co-production with the Barbican), The Harder They Come, (which transferred to the Barbican, Playhouse Theatre in the West End and tours of Canada and the US), Ray Davies’ Come Dancing and Takeaway, the first British Chinese musical.
Kerry originated the International Festival For Emerging Artists, known as IFEA. This initiative involved 48 partners from around the world, all identified as emerging artists who gathered in London to collaborate in the development of new work. Kerry pioneered OPEN STAGE, where TRSE became the first theatre to hand over complete programming power to its audience for 6 months in the run up to the 2012 Games.
Kerry was invited to work on the first Home Theatre in Rio by Marcus Faustini, he was inspired to produce Home Theatre (UK) in October 2013, where 30 performances in 30 homes occurred across London. Each home was filmed and these can be seen on www.stratofrdeast.tv. In 2014 Home Theatre (UK) plans to happen in 4 cities across the UK.
Kerry is a founding member of Stratford Rising, a consortium of organisations in Stratford, with interests in arts related productions, programming, education, training & development; a director of ActiveNewham & a member of British Actors Equity International Committee for Artists’ Freedom.