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Michael Howcroft

Michael Howcroft

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Higher qualifications:

MA (Queen Mary University of London), BA (Rose Bruford)

Professional organisations:
Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA)


Michael is currently a PhD scholarship student at Hull University, researching Hull City of Culture and political culture post-Brexit.

Michael has taught and led masterclasses at: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, Arts Ed, Mountview, Guildford School of Acting, The Urdang Academy (where he was senior acting tutor 2009-2011), Trinity Laban, RAM, LSMT, CPA, Italia Conti, MT4UTH (Dublin) and at the National Student Drama Festival.

Professional directing credits include: VENUS IN FUR; GOOD PEOPLE (German Premières, English Theatre Frankfurt); BREAKING THE CODE (English Theatre Frankfurt); SOME GIRL I USED TO KNOW (Runaway Productions, West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour); ELAINE PAIGE IN CONCERT (Royal Festival Hall, UK Tour); SLEEPING BEAUTY (Place Theatre); POOR TED (OnO Theatre Co.). Between 2011 and 2013 Michael was Associate/Resident Director for the Ambassador Theatre Company, working on: SOUTH PACIFIC (Barbican & UK Tour 2011/12), SPAMALOT (UK Tour, West End), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (UK Tour and International Tour).
Recent productions with acting and musical theatre students include: EQUUS, PUNK ROCK (London College of Music); URINETOWN, THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER (Trinity Laban); SUNSHINE ON LEITH, THE BALLAD OF KITTY JAY (MTA, Bridewell Theatre); COMPANY, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS…, THE WIZ, BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (LIPA); SOHO CINDERS, HAIR (The Urdang Academy); SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY, NYMPH ERRANT (Mountview).

As performer: The Soldier’s Fortune (Young Vic), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall), As You Like It (Wyndham’s, West End), Privates on Parade (New Victoria Theatre, Stoke). Michael played the Beadle in the original multi-award winning Watermill production of Sweeney Todd, (UK Tour/West End). Also at the Watermill: Martin Guerre, Piaf, Cinderella and the Enchanted Slipper, Fiddler on the Roof and Carmen.