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Michael Boynton

Assistant Professor - Directing
Phone: 256-782-8428 E-mail:
Office: Stone Center 341Office Hours: Varies

  • University of Maryland, College Park | | Ph.D., Theatre and Performance Studies (pending)
  • Wayne State University | | Master of Fine Arts in Acting
  • Moscow Art Theatre School | | Moscow Summer Program, Certificate of Completion
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts | | Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Writing
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland | | Bachelor of Arts in Independent Student Designed Major (English/Theatre/Film)

Michael Boynton is a teacher, scholar, and professional practitioner of theater who has taught for a number of institutions and worked at a wide range of theatres predominantly as an actor, director, and a playwright. Notable roles include Laertes from Hamlet, Orsino from Twelfth Night, Yolland from Translations, Charles II from Stage Beauty, and Orlando from As You Like It, the latter earning him a Wilde Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy. He has participated in Shakespeare workshops with the Stratford Festival as well as the RSC. In addition, he received a fellowship to study acting at the Moscow Art Theatre Summer Intensive program in 2007, where he received special instruction in both Stanislavsky and Chekhov performance techniques. As a playwright, Michael has worked on Broadway as a Creative Assistant on a number of plays and musicals, most notably Hairspray. He also has had numerous pieces, from musicals to screenplays, produced across the country. Michael’s directing work has ranged from university mainstages, experimental devised performances, readings of new works, and musical theatre cabarets. As a teacher, Michael has taught numerous classes nationwide, including at the Shakespeare Theatre, for all possible age groups; classes in Shakespeare, acting, voice, dance, stage combat, script analysis, Musical Theatre, scriptwriting, etc. He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Fandom Studies. Michael’s most recent publication, a chapter about Trek in the Park, was included in an anthology entitled Fan Phenomena: Star Trek published by Intellect Books this past August.


  • Directiing
  • Acting I and II
  • Stage Movement
  • Playwriting

Upcoming/Recent Projects:

  • Directing "The Tempest" for JSU (coming in Spring 17)
  • Directed "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" for JSU (Spring 16)
  • Guest Performance (Dionysus) in "The Bacchae" for JSU (Fall 15)

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