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Past Projects

Michael has directed 6 projects at Cornish College of the Arts including Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson, and Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner.

He has directed Marya Sea Kaminski on two solo shows at the Frye Art Museum and Here Arts Center in NYC, respectively.

At Washington Ensemble Theatre, Michael has directed Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, The Mistakes Madeline Made by Elizabeth Meriwether, and Dirty by Andrew Hinderaker with ACT Theater

At Yale Cabaret, Rey Planta by Manuela Infante and Radio Station by Devon Smith and Michael Place, inspired by the work of Shogo Ohta

With Boots-Up Productions, Boots (devised) and A Cure for Pain by Stephanie Timm

Over 10 productions at Lakeside School including Les Misérables, Failure: A Love Story by Phillip Dawkins, Newsies, RENT, Mamma Mia!, and Matilda the Musical.


“Michael Place directs his cast with perfect pitch and flawless rhythm.”
-Tim Appelo, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Meriwether’s play…is brought to brilliant life by director Michael Place…”
-David Schmader, The Stranger

“With a skilled mix of sounds, lights and monologue … director Michael Place DRA ’12 makes an otherwise static play come to life.” – Yanan Wang, Yale Daily News

“…there is an urgency, a largeness of vision here, which director Michael Place and his strong Washington Ensemble Theatre cast seize upon in the play’s Seattle debut.    -Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

“This Washington Ensemble Theatre production—directed by founding member Michael Place, vibrates with a heat so vicious you could see it rippling off a desert highway…” -Gemma Wilson, City Arts Magazine

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