Michael J. Gellman

As a member of the Second City in Chicago, Michael helped create and performed in several editions of the mainstage show. In 1980, he began directing for Second City's various stages. Among his posts - resident director for Canadian companies in Edmonton and London, artistic director of the Toronto company, and director of the U.S. national touring companies. As an artistic associate for the Organic Theatre, he developed and staged "A Few Simple Truths" and "The Seed Shows", both of which drew on material developed improvisationally by actors under his supervision. He was also founder and artistic director of the Windy City Workshop and Theatre-Works, as well as co-artistic director for Wavelength. He is a senior faculty member at both the Second City and Victory Gardens Training Centers in Chicago, and is currently directing the Detroit Company of Second City in a show scheduled to open in February. 
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