Michael was born and raised in South Dakota and attended the University of Minnesota; Moorhead, where he received his BA in Theatre Arts (acting and directing). While there, he won Region 5 of the prestigious Irene Ryan/ACTF acting scholarship competition. After a 10 year stay in the much-adored Chicago (where he worked mainly with the good folks of The Griffin Theatre), he now resides in Los Angeles. He has been writing since age 10 and acting about as long. While he will never truly depart from acting, screenwriting currently takes center stage in his career pursuits. Among his many varied loves are interior design, zombies, Spongebob Squarepants and his partner of 13 years.