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Michael Cotey

Lecturer, Theatre


MFA, Directing, Northwestern University


Michael Cotey (he, him, his) is a Chicago-based, Milwaukee-bred theatre-maker. Directing Credits: Illinois Shakespeare Festival (The Comedy of Errors), Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (DeathtrapBoeing Boeing, and Things Being What They Are), Next Act (Equivocation), First Stage  (Elephant’s Graveyard and As You Like It), Northwestern University (The Great Gatsby, Equivocation, Frankenstein), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Cementville), Illinois Wesleyan University (Dancing at Lughnasa and Treasure), and Youngblood Theatre (CartoonThe Flu Season and Spirits to Enforce). Upcoming Productions: The Tempest (UW-Milwaukee), and Ben Butler (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre). From 2009-2013 he was the Founding Artistic Director of Youngblood, which did “terrific work that [changed] the landscape of Milwaukee Theater” (Milwaukee Magazine) and Youngblood was named the Shepherd Express’ best theatre company in 2010. As an actor Michael has worked with regionally with the Milwaukee Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and in Milwaukee with Next Act, In Tandem and Youngblood. Michael has assisted prominent directors at the Goodman Theatre (Robert Fall), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Mary Zimmerman), Utah Shakespeare (Joseph Hanreddy), Steppenwolf (Hallie Gordon), Milwaukee Rep (Sean Graney), Gift Theatre (Jessica Thebus) and Northwestern (Henry Godinez). He was part of the FAIR Assistantship Program at Oregon Shakespeare (‘17), and also a member of the Chicago International Puppetry Festival Catapult Program (‘17) and Director’s Lab Chicago (‘13). Michael graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in Acting and from Northwestern University with an MFA in Directing. In 2014 he was named UWM’s “Graduate of the Last Decade.”