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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. His work can be seen in the upcoming world premiere of Errol & Fidel in the 2017 New York Musical Festival, running this July at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.
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, winning for Best Music/Lyrics. Most recently he directed The Last Word in the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) at The Duke on 42nd, which was the recipient of 2 Best of Fest Awards, and The Gallery Players' production of 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. He directed What Do Critics Know? at NYMF, the highest grossing show in the 2015 festival, selling out every performance, and the winner of 2 Best of Fest Awards. His production of Next to Normal at The Gallery Players was nominated for Best Production of a Musical at the NY Innovative Theatre Awards and 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 featured many major media outlets including TIME Magazine, MTV, and Buzzfeed. He directed the first developmental production of Darling: A New Musical, by Ryan Scott Oliver, 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.
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 ThreeTimesFast, Archie's Final Project, and The Rumoured Lyfe and Certain Death of Delia Bacon.
As an assistant director, Michael most recently served as an Assistant Director to Des McAnuff on the Broadway production of Doctor Zhivago. He has also assisted Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller on A Little More Alive by Nick Blaemire at the Kansas City Repertory Theater and with Bill Fennelly on Fly By Night by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock at the Dallas Theater Center, TheaterWorks Silicon Valley, and workshops at Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company. He has assisted Tony winner Mary Zimmerman on her acclaimed adaptation of Candide at the Huntington Theater Company, Gordon Greenberg on Prospect Theater Company's Working, Andy Sandberg on the new 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 Presby Players, an educational theatre group in Englewood, New Jersey. During his time there he developed a summer program designed to introduce musical theatre to elementary school children through productions of Schoolhouse Rock Live, Children’s Letters to God, Godspell, and Honk.
Michael is an SDC Associate Member, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a participant in the SDCF Observership Program, an alumni of Interlochen Center for the Arts, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College.