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MICHAEL BELLO is a Cuban-American director with Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional experience. His work has been recognized by numerous awards bodies including the Ovation Awards, IRNE Awards, and NY Innovative Theater Awards. He mostly recently directed the off-Broadway production of We Are The Tigers at Theatre 80 Saint Marks, cast album now available on Broadway Records. He is the resident Associate Director for SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical (directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff), a position he held on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne, in its premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, and for its upcoming national tour this fall. Other recent projects include Letters to the President, a historical song-cycle he conceived with Jessica Kahkoska, that received a developmental presentation in The Great Hall at Cooper Union and the world premiere Shooting Star: A Revealing New Musical at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Michael's work on new musicals has led him to directing world premieres around the country including We Are The Tigers at The Hudson Backstage Theatre, which received 3 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award nominations including Outstanding Production of a Musical and winning for Best Music/Lyrics. In the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) he has directed Between the Sea and Sky, the recipient of 5 Awards for Excellence including Best Production of a Musical and Outstanding Direction, Errol & Fidel, the recipient of 5 Awards for Excellence including the Show-Score Best of Fest and a nomination for Outstanding Direction, The Last Word at The Duke on 42nd, the recipient of 2 Best of Fest Awards, and What Do Critics Know?, the highest grossing show in the 2015 festival and recipient of 2 Best of Fest Awards. At The Gallery Players' he has directed In The Heights, which sold out its entire run, broke all sales records for the theater, and earned him a NY Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Direction, and Next to Normal, which was nominated for Best Production of a Musical at the NY Innovative Theatre Awards. His critically acclaimed immersive production of Hello Again at Bridge Repertory Theatre was nominated for 4 IRNE Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical. He developed and directed Spears: The Gospel According to Britney, a new opera telling the story of Jesus Christ through the music of Britney Spears which was profiled by many major media outlets including TIME Magazine, MTV, and Buzzfeed. He directed the first developmental production of Ryan Scott Oliver's Darling: A New Musical with Retrop Productions in association with Sh-K-Boom Records. He spent two summers as the Producing Director for the Berkshire Theater Festival’s Ellenoff Musical Theater Series, where he staged readings of lesser-known Golden Age musicals including Pipe Dream, The Boys from Syracuse, and Me & Juliet.
As an Assistant Director, Michael has worked with Des McAnuff on the Broadway production of Doctor Zhivago and SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical at the La Jolla Playhouse. He has assisted Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller on A Little More Alive by Nick Blaemire at the Kansas City Repertory Theater and Bill Fennelly on Fly By Night by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock at the Dallas Theater Center and TheaterWorks Silicon Valley. He has also assisted Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman on her acclaimed adaptation of Candide at the Huntington Theater Company, Gordon Greenberg on Prospect Theater Company's revival of Working, Andy Sandberg on the off-Broadway comedy Craving For Travel, Robert Moss on A Class Act at the Berskhire Theater Festival, and Meredith McDonough on the new musical Triangle at the National Alliance for Musical Theater Festival.
Michael is the founding artistic director of The Script@Stage74, a new musical development program dedicated to fostering artists while giving back to the surrounding community. In the inaugural season he directed readings of musicals by Naomi Matlow & Teresa Lotz, James Presson & Alexander Sage Oyen, and Matthew Russell & Madeline Myers.
Michael is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a past participant in the SDCF Observership Program, an alumni of Interlochen Center for the Arts, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College.