Michael Barakiva is an Armenian/Israeli theater director and writer. He has directed classic and contemporary plays as well as developed new pieces at many theaters in New York and across the country, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage and Ensemble Studio Theater. In addition to One Man Guy, Michael has co-written a new play, String Theory, loosely inspired by Greek myth, with Amy Boyce Holtcamp and Sarah Braunstein. He is working on his second play, The Nature of Things, a commission from the Sloan Foundation, based on the life of Lucretius. Other projects include adapting Paradise Lost into a musical with his theater company, The Upstart Creatures, and a new novel about revenge.
Michael holds a B.A. in Drama and English from Vassar College, and attended the Juilliard School as an Andrew W. Mellon Directing Fellow. Awards and affiliations include Phil Killian Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Drama League Summer Fellowship, the David Merrick Prize in Drama and the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. He was also featured on an episode of MTV's Made, in which he coached two high school students through the process of writing, directing and producing a play.
Michael lives in New York City with his husband Rafael.