Michael Clipperton

Clipperton_MichaelIn a career that spans more years than he cares to remember, Michael has been a director, playwright, actor, singer, designer, producer, teacher, workshop leader, adjudicator, administrator and university lecturer. He holds an Honours Degree in Theatre (York U), a Bachelor of Education (UofT) and a Masters Degree in Drama (UofT). For 26 years, Michael was a Drama and English teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board. Since 2014, he has been an instructor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University (Orillia Campus).

As an actor, Michael has appeared in productions of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Deathtrap, The Queen of Hearts, Oliver!, Private Lives, Annie, Li’l Abner, Harvey, The Fantasticks, The Mariposa Belle, Oklahoma! and Musical Musicals: Sullivan to Sondheim (which he also co-wrote, produced, designed and directed). He has also designed and directed productions of Guys and Dolls (for which he received a THEA), The Fantasticks, Jitters, Nunsense, Blithe Spirit, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Company, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, The Importance of Being Earnest, Anything Goes, Leaving Home and Fiddler on the Roof. Other selected directing credits include: Annie, Pirates Of Penzance, You Can’t Take It With You, West Side Story, Twelfth Night, Bye Bye Birdie, Some Enchanted Evening, The Affections of May, There Goes The Bride, The Sound of Music, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum, A Turn For The Nurse, Copacabana, Our Town, and Anne of Green Gables (for which he received a THEA). In 2006, Michael ventured into the world of contemporary opera, directing Elijah’s Kite for Tapestry New Opera, a story about school-yard bullying which toured Ontario schools for three years.

As a workshop leader, Michael has led workshops in directing, playwriting and acting for several organizations across southern Ontario, including Brockville Theatre Guild and Gaslight Productions, Collingwood. As a playwright, Michael has co-written some 15 murder mysteries, created specifically for dinner theatre. He has also written several one-act plays including Eight Short Plays About Mary McKay, Conversations With Myself, and The Next Act. Michael is the Outreach Coordinator for Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC), an organization based in Haliburton, whose mission is to build networks across Ontario for performing artists who live and work in rural areas.

In 2016, Michael entered the world of adjudication and was a co-adjudicator for the Sears Festival, Georgian Bay District. In addition to his theatre work, Michael is a classical singer and for 10 years he was a chorister with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Currently, Michael is directing his latest work, Re-Generation: A Haliburton Tale for Rural Rogues Productions, which will be presented on the grounds of the Haliburton Highlands Museum in July, 2017.  When not in a classroom, rehearsal hall or theatre, Michael can be found sitting on his dock with a book in one hand and a beverage in the other. 


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