“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it is his dedication.”
- Marlon Brando

Michael is New York-based and has been a professional actor since he was a child. His resume includes network television, award-winning films, national commercials, as well as performing in both off-Broadway theatres and theatres across the country. He has extensive training including an MFA in acting from UCSD and a BFA in theatre performance from Baylor University. Michael has been a proud member of Actors' Equity for over twenty years and is SAG Ficore.

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Check out Michael's IMDb page here.

Michael is also one of the most in-demand live event and on-camera hosts in the country. He hosts regularly at high-profile events, such as the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four, and works extensively with both celebrities and the general public alike. To see more, click here to visit his MC website.

“Creating relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential.”
- Michael Shurtleff

Michael has been a proud member of Actors' Equity for over twenty years. He has experience playing a variety of roles, including classics, contemporary, and period pieces. He has also appeared in regional theatres across the country including - but not limited to - Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, where he received rave reviews. Most notably, Michael was part of the original ensemble of Come From Away at La Jolla Playhouse (Tony Award Best Direction Christopher Ashley), which won the San Diego Critics Circle award for Best Ensemble. In New York City, he has appeared at various off-Broadway theatres as well. To name a few, Michael starred in Shadow of Heroes and Taliban by Peter Sagal (of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!) at Metropolitan Playhouse and in the award-winning show Panic Defense.

Further, Michael's adaptation of Csaba Szekely's  Mine Flowers has been performed numerous times virtually and recently had its onstage premiere in Kentucky, where the play is set.

"The human voice is the organ of the soul."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Michael has become a voice over talent heard around the country, with clients ranging from soft drinks to pizza; sports cars to the armed forces. His energetic voice can play off funny bits with aplomb, yet his sincerity can deliver poignant messages for people to hear loud and clear.

Michael's resume for voice over work includes video games, anime (Full Metal Alchemist, Black Butler, Legend of the Legendary Heroes), educational software, cartoons, and both radio and television commercials. He is the voice of Zero in Borderlands 2, which was nominated for a BTVA award, and Borderlands 3. His voice is a great asset for any project. Michael has a recording studio in home so he can quickly send auditions and audio.

Get in Touch



NYC TV / Film / Theatrical Agent:
U-Shin Kim - P: 917.907.4663; E: ugatalent@gmail.com


NYC Commerical Agent:
Ramona Pitera - P: 646.330.4705; E: rpitera@ramonastalent.com


NYC Voice Over Agent:
Grace Goodell - E: grace@ddonyc.com

Michael has been a proud member of Actors' Equity for over twenty years and is SAG Ficore.

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