Jay Michaels won acclaim for a series of widely-popular modernized Shakespeare productions. Producer and director, marketing executive, educator, entrepreneur, He began his career as an actor in the late 70s, appearing off-Broadway, in film, and on TV. By the mid-80s he successfully made the move to producerdirector. Michaels presented events for HBO Summer Stage, Samuel French, Fringe, and Spotlight Festivals, and associate-produced the 2001 Midtown Theatre Festival. He was a promotional executive for the Broadway revivals of Guys & Dolls (1992), Damn Yankees (1994) and The Vagina Monologues at Broadway’s Town Hall and the National tours of Cats and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Film credits include producer/editor of the documentary, Heart of the Community, and sponsor for the comedy, Twelve Fingers, and war drama, Color of Truth. He appeared in Suzanne Sitelman’s macabre comedy, Norman, A Modern Metamorphosis (winning intrn’l honors at Cannes and other venues) and Eliana’s Ujueta’s crime drama, Beneath The Rock. A former professor at Kingsborough College, Michaels appears as a guest director and lecturer throughout the tri-state area at venues including Fordham and Yeshiva University, and Lehman College, In 1998, he and Mary E. MiCari founded Genesis Repertory, a non-profit art & education organization dedicated to making the creative voice accessible to new audiences. In 1999, he and Mary MiCari opened Genesis’ first season as its artistic directors. Mr. Michaels was recognized in the SSDC National Quarterly, TheatreWorld, American Theater, and Crain’s Who’s Who. AEA, SSDC, AFSCME, and PSC-CUNY. Visit his website http://jaymichaels.info for more information.