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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 recently directed the world premiere of Errol & Fidel in the 2017 New York Musical Festival which was the recipient of 5 Awards for Excellence, including the Show-Score Best of Fest, and a nomination for Outstanding Direction. He is currently the Assistant Director on the pre-Broadway production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at the La Jolla Playhouse, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff.
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. In the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) he has directed the premiere productions of The Last Word at The Duke on 42nd, which was the recipient of 2 Best of Fest Awards, and What Do Critics Know?, the highest grossing show in the 2015 festival, selling out every performance, and the winner of 2 Best of Fest Awards. He directed The Gallery Players' production of In The Heights, which sold out its entire run and broke all sales records for the theater, earning him a NY Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Direction. Also at The Gallery Players, his production of Next to Normal 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.
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.
As an assistant director, Michael served as an Assistant Director to Des McAnuff on the Broadway production of Doctor Zhivago. 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, TheaterWorks Silicon Valley, and workshops at Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company. He has 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 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 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.