Michael Kamtman is the most undervalued theatre professional in the Triad. Keep Reading. This is what I always say, because if I were in charge of sorting and ranking people in the theatre community by merit, I’d put Michael at the very absolute top. Michael Kamtman is REMARKABLE. Every single person who crosses his path becomes softer and stronger because of Michael. Actors become bolder and more tender because of Michael. Audiences snap to attention when Michael enters the stage, and are moved to laughter, tears and every other possible thing during his deeply committed performances. You never forget Michael. No one does. But the thing that makes Michael super-special is that he never forgets you. And when you need him, he’s there for you.
Michael Kamtman is an actor, director, teacher, and fight choreographer. In 1988 he moved to North Carolina from New York to work with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival for his first of 15 seasons as an actor, fight captain, and fight choreographer. And, Michael has directed over 100 productions in the Triad, including 10 operas.
He holds a B.A. from Bucknell University, an M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and an M.F.A. (Directing) from UNC-Greensboro. He has taught at Davidson College, Wake Forest University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Salem College, UNC-Greensboro, High Point University, and Guilford Technical Community College. He is also a teaching fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College of UNC-Greensboro.
In Michael’s words, “When I first moved to North Carolina from New York in 1988, my career was almost exclusively focused on acting. I spent 15 seasons as an actor/fight choreographer with the N.C. Shakespeare Festival where I performed in over 50 productions, including The Tempest, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, King Lear, The Hostage, The Dybbuk, The Time of Your Life, and A Christmas Carol.
The trajectory of my career has shifted considerably while living here, and my focus has been largely on directing and teaching. Since 1993, I have directed approximately 80 productions in the Triad area of North Carolina, including 10 operas, though I have certainly not abandoned acting. In the spring of 2013, I played Charles Dickens in the world premiere of A Perfect Likeness with The Paper Lantern Theatre, and in the summer of 2013 I played Lucky in Waiting for Godot with the High Point University Extension Project.
I have also taught stage combat and choreographed numerous productions at a variety of educational, professional, and community theatres in North Carolina. In the late 1990s, through the N.C. Shakespeare Festival, I created and steered an educational outreach program, the WINGS project, a theatre-based, curriculum-enhancing program designed to introduce Shakespeare and theatre to elementary school students. This program ran for 6 years.
I have taught theatre at Davidson College, Wake Forest University, Guilford College, Greensboro College, UNC-Greensboro, Salem College, Guilford Technical Community College, and High Point University. I am a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.”
See What I Mean??? Michael has been working with Jamila Curry and I on a weekly basis since November of 2015 on memorization and character preparation for BLACK N BLUE BOYS/BROKEN MEN……because he believes in the project and he really believes in us.
And there isn’t a glimmer of doubt that both Jamila and I really believe in him.
See Michael in action in the video below...