Michael Lopez — Text Coach
Michael E. Lopez – Firstly, Thanks to everyone at NYSX for inviting me to be a part of The Sonnet Project. I first worked with Ross Williams and Kevin Brewer on a production of Hamlet,playing Polonius, which led several years later to Escalus in Kevin Brewer’s wonderful play ISLAND directed by Ross Williams. It all comes around.
Originally from the NY area, high school years in Jersey City NJ, college years at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the major area of study was Theatre and Education. Moved to the big bad apple when it was still big and bad…late 1970′s. Studied with Sandy Dennis at HB Studio and Classical study with Michael Moriarty at his then-popular company Potter’s Field. First professional job was at the now defunct 18th Street Playhouse in a production of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock. Great review from the NY Times. Sold-out performances. 22 years old. Sweet.
Phase two was an interest in dance and drums. Started to study Afro-Haitian dance in NY with an eventual move to the cradle of ethnic dance—San Francisco. Studied and danced with the remarkable Blanche Brown and her company Roots of Haiti. Held workshops throughout the Bay Area, Seattle, London and retreats in Santa Fe. Sweet. Re-traced acting roots, and after a two season stint with the International Theatre in Vienna,Austria( Art, Copenhagen, Dracula, Sylvia, two Xmas Carols)moved back to NYC. Credits have included work with NY Classical Theatre (Boyet in Love’s Labor’s Lost and Lafew in All’s Well That Ends Well), Propero in The Tempest with Expanded Arts, Dr. Dorn in The Seagull with Columbia Stages, the Summer Reading Series with the Pearl Theatre and Regional work with Arkansas Rep, New Jersey Rep, Northern Stage, the Magic Theatre, Nevada Shakespeare Company and Berkeley Rep.
Phase Three: Melded artistic and academic strengths into teaching ESL to many people at many levels from many countries to make a better life. It is very fulfilling.
It all comes around. Sweet.