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Feb 27, 2010

Panelist Michael Albanese

Originally an actor from Marietta, Georgia, Michael landed a handful of roles in film, television and stage, including the critically acclaimed independent feature film, Sleepover, which features an original score by the late Jeff Buckley.  Michael finally admitted he was a terrible actor, a confession which led him to his true love: writing.

He is the author of several screenplays in development, including his latest, the apocalyptic V.A.L.C.O., them 2009 Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist Hunter Gatherer and his first television pilot.  His Italian drama, La Strada del Vino, was a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship.  Michael recently completed McCleskey, the compelling true-story of Warren McCleskey, a convicted Georgia death-row inmate wrongfully executed in 1991.

Theatrically, Michael had the distinct pleasure of working with Tony-award winning actor Richard Easton and Lucille Lortel nominee Logan Marshall-Green on his play, Turning Night in the Dying House.  His death-row drama, Red Herring (a prelude to McCleskey) premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival.  It featured Tony-award nominee, Thomas Jefferson Byrd and Shane McRae and won “Most Outstanding Play of the Summer”.  Michael was accepted as a participant playwright in Lincoln Center Theatre’s Directors Lab and received a Traube Fellowship from the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.  Michael has recently completed his newest play, rapeseed and is sporadically at work on another, Hammer Lane.

Michael and his wife currently reside in Los Angeles, where few understand how to produce, participate or appreciate the theatre.  But, the weather sure is nice.