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Michael Ross Albert is a Toronto-born playwright and indie theatre producer. In March 2017, Michael produced the sold out world premiere run of his historical drama Tough Jews with generous support from the Storefront Theatre in the heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market.
The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company and Dancap Productions commissioned Michael to write a new musical adaptation of The Jazz Singer, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson, which will be produced in May 2017.
Michael debuted five original works in the New York International Fringe Festival including Miss (upcoming production: Unit 102, Toronto), The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome (published in “Best American Short Plays 2014-2015”), and For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard (Next Stage Theatre Festival; upcoming: Theatre Georgian Bay).
His one-act play Starfishes opened Off-Broadway at the Theatre at Dance New Amsterdam in 2011. The play was published in “Best American Short Plays 2010-2011,” and has been performed regularly across the United States and Canada.
Other playwriting credits include Karenin’s Anna (Toronto Fringe Festival; “Outstanding New Play,” NOW Magazine) The Big Sandy River Plays (Jenny Wiley Theatre, Kentucky) and The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire (upcoming: Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Michael received an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School.
Starfishes – published in “Best American Short Plays 2010-2011” edited by Bill Demastes.
The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome – published in Best American Short Plays 2014-2015. The text is also available on Indie Theatre Now. Excerpts from the play appear in both Best Women’s and Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2016, published by Smith & Kraus.