headshot_mg_2Michael Goldfried is a New York-based director of new and classic work, and a writer/director of visual, heightened theater that tests the boundaries of comedy and pathos.

Michael is a recent participant in the prestigious NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. He has adapted and directed numerous classic comedies including “Tartuffe”, “The Imaginary Invalid”, “Twelfth Night” and “The Rover” and directed the first revival of “Stage Blood” by Charles Ludlam of the Ridiculous Theater (KBG/Horse Trade Theater). He co-wrote and co-directed “The Indelible Mark on Edward Barron” with Stefano Brancato (currently in development at the Henson Carriage House), and co-wrote and directed “Mrs Smith Presents a Benefit for the Carlyle Foundation Empowerment School for People and Cats with Severe and Persistent Challenges” with David Hanbury (American Repertory Theater; Ars Nova; & The Southern Theater).

New play directing and development includes the Summer Play Festival, The Public Theater/NYSF, New York Theater Workshop, The Drama League of New York, The Goodman Theater, Ars Nova, Youngblood/EST, NYU and Brown University. Off-Broadway directing includes two seasons with the Summer Play Festival (“Novel” by Anna Zeigler and  “Gardening Leave” by Joanna Pinto);  “365 Plays/365 Days” by Suzan-Lori Parks (Joe’s Pub and the Public Theater);  “Kahn and Kant” by Gary Sunshine (45th Street Theater – Drama League Directors Project); “On the Threshold” (co-director of new work by Brown MFA playwrights at the Public Theater). At Ars Nova, he directed two “Wikipedia Plays” and directed the reading of Beau Willimon’s on “Lower Ninth”.

As a director devising work with an ensemble, he co-created and directed “Status Update” for the McCarter Theater Center Education Dept (Barrow Group Theater); “Something Wonderful Right Away!” (HERE Arts Center) and is currently devising and directing a new ensemble project.

He has served as Assistant Director for Oskar Eustis (Trinity Rep); Peter Dubois (Public Theater); Les Waters (Berkeley Rep); Jerry Zaks (MTC/Broadway and City Center Encores!).

He is the recipient of directing fellowships from NEA/Theater Communications Group, Manhattan Theater Club, The Drama League Director’s Project, The Drama League New Directors/New Works Fund, The New American Plays Initiative, The Ana Sosenko Assist Trust and the Geva Theater Center. He is an alum of the Drama League Director’s Project & Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. BA, Vassar; MFA, Brown/Trinity Rep.

Michael is a trained actor (starting from his New York City youth at the Neighborhood Playhouse and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts). He spent many years in the theater as an actor and improviser and he wrote and performed two solo shows, “Enter, Then Pause” and “The Making of Michael Gold” before becoming a director.

Michael is currently a member of the writing and directing faculty at the School of Visual Arts and maintains a private coaching practice in New York City.