Michael O'Neill is a teacher, director, and performer who works in a wide range of styles, including clown, commedia dell'arte, new vaudeville, musical theatre, Shakespeare, and devised theatre. Michael brings a rich educational background to his work: he received his BA from Castleton State College, is a graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and completed his graduate work at the University of Portland, receiving a Masters in Fine Arts in Directing in 2010.

Michael has performed in all fifty states and more than a dozen countries over the last 20 years, from clown to vaudeville to puppeteering. Recently, Michael directed and performed in The Spirit of Magic, which had a sixteen-week run on the Portland Spirit in Portland Oregon. Portland has also seen Michael's directing work the Commedia dell’Arte show "A Servant of Two Masters" at the University of Portland, a production of "The Taming of the Shrew" at George Fox University, and vaudeville/variety shows such as Portland's highly-successful annual Clowns Without Borders benefit shows. A co-founder of the Nomadic Theatre Company, Michael has directed and performed in several Nomadic productions. As an educator, he has written curriculum and taught students in public and private schools, from pre-kindergarten through university levels.

You may learn more about Michael through Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat feature.