Michael Thomas Walker is in his second year on the UM theatre faculty and currently teaches acting, voice, speech and directing. Last season, he directed Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize winning play CLYBOURNE PARK at UM. Michael is originally from Huntsville, AL. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he moved to New York City where he has performed with The New Light Theater Project, The Weasel Festival, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Guerrilla Theater, Boomerang Theater Company, and the national tours of HAIRSPRAY playing Edna Turnblad and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL as Horton the Elephant. Michael is a graduate from the Rutgers MFA Acting program where he studied the Meisner Technique with Deborah Hedwall.
Michael was a finalist for the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony Playwriting Residency and is a recipient of the Wildacres Playwriting Residency. His interview based solo show, BUBBA, received the Best Variety Show Award in the United Solo Festival, Best Solo Performance Award for the Planet Connections Festival and was recently performed on NPR’s Tales From The South. His film and television appearances include Boardwalk Empire, Dirty Little Secret, Now That’s Cute, and Non-Stop.
He is currently working on a devised theater piece about the death of Michael Brown and the Black Lives Matter movement for the National Performance Network which will be performed at the Black Rep of St. Louis and 651 Arts of Brooklyn, NY.
He is a member of Southeastern Theatre Conference, Voice and Speech Teachers Association, Screen Actors Guild, and Actors Equity Association.