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Welcome to the Present

Hi buddies and welcome.

I am a theatre artist from Seattle now splitting my time between NYC and the fresh coast. I believe that the role of the theatre is to create experiences, to affect a change in the room, to bring community together. Those three things have become the focus of my career in the arts over the last several years, developing work, directing, performing, teaching and bringing artists together to create new networks, projects and schemes. This site is both a collection of past projects, news for what’s ahead and things I’m currently working on. Take a look around and lets find where we connect.


 

Biography


In 2004 I was a founding co-artistic director of Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle where I performed in 10 productions including God’s Ear, Never Swim Alone, Finer Noble Gases, Swimming in the Shallows, Handcuff Girl Saves the World, Next Tuesday, Laura’s Bush, Wonderful Life, and Mr. Marmalade. Currently, I am a collective member with Intiman Theatre in Seattle, WA where I have performed in Romeo and Juliet, Hedda Gabler and Dan Savage’s Miracle!

Other productions I’ve performed in include:
Clybourne Park (Cincinnati Playhouse), The Ocean All Around Us (Portland Center Stage JAW), The Water Station, Suite for Strangers, Myra’s War (Pacific Performance Project/east), The Neverending Story, The Outsiders (Seattle Children’s Theater), Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing (Seattle Shakespeare Company), Bud, Not Buddy (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Madama Butterfly (Opera Omaha, designed by Jun Kaneko), Uncle Vanya, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Jib, Henry VI 1&2, Taming of the Shrew, The Lover (Yale School of Drama).


 

Headshots and Resume



Michael’s Acting Resume


Reviews and Awards


 

  • Romeo and Juliet – Intiman Theatre
    Mercutio is a pivotal role in “R & J” and a difficult one, but Michael Place’s breathtaking performance is so good and so vibrant and so energetic that he becomes the center of attention every time he steps on stage. And, the production has such a significant energy drop after his character dies that it never entirely manages to recover. Mr. Place has that rare American gift of making Shakespeare sound alive…and natural; … His Mercutio is a big performance but it always feels REAL … It’s the best Shakespearean performance I’ve seen in Seattle since Darragh Kennan’s work in “Hamlet” two years ago.
    -Michael Strangeways, Seattle Gay Scene
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  • Michael Place is stunning as the rakish Mercutio. In addition to his spritely energy he had for the character he also infused a laser focus to his being making his every intention clear.
    -Jay Irwin – Broadwayworld.com
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  • Michael Place’s carnal, self-pleased, acrobatic Mercutio at Intiman is as good as the rumors say.
    -Christopher Frizzelle, The Stranger
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  • Never Swim Alone – Footlight Award “Outstanding Performance”
    “That WET actors Michael Place and Lathrop Walker are up to the considerable demands of this Cain-and-Abel rematch is no surprise. WET’s company boasts some of Seattle’s best, and most versatile, young actors, who can shine even with dicey material. And this novel piece really lets them rip.”
    -Misha Berson, The Seattle Times
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  • Romeo and Juliet – 2008 Footlight Award
    “As those crazy, mixed-up kids of the title, Michael Place and Hana Lass, both practiced Shakespeare thesps, are prettily matched and well-spoken. And they sure do exude the fierce urgency of raging hormones.”
    Misha Berson, The Seattle Times
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  • Crumbs Are Also Bread
    “Place’s star turn is more overt. He plays three characters, including a paperboy with a clubfoot and a fisherman with a (bad) moustache, but it’s his role as a dog in a single scene in act two that will go down in WET history. He’s in a winter cap with flaps (his ears) and trying to force himself not to eat something he really wants to eat. That’s it. Place is so good it’s hard to describe. You watch him and you think: This is the reason for theater. What he’s doing couldn’t be done in any other medium.”
    -Christopher Frizelle, The Stranger
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  • God’s Ear
    “…Mather and Place are both excellent at conveying the ebb and flow and ebb of grief.”
    Misha Berson, The Seattle Times
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  • “Roger Bennington’s excellent cast is perfectly focused, entirely believable. They are ordinary people under extraordinary strain, pitiable but never pitiful, sympathetic but never simpering, common and recognizable but distinctive and unique. Michael Place and Mary Bliss Mather are splendid as the bereaved parents. They both created characters who always felt real, who had a relationship to their lives and to each other that was perfectly in proportion.”
    Jerry Kraft, SeattleActor.com
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  • Much Ado About Nothing
    “This “Much Ado” also has an ardent, dashing and rashly judging lover in Seattle native and WET Theatre alum Michael Place, spending his summer break from Yale Drama School playing Claudio.”
    Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

 
 

 
  
 
 
 

Awards:

Oliver Thorndike Acting Award – Yale University
3 Footlight Awards from the Seattle Times
“Best of Seattle” Seattle Met Magazine