D I R E c T O R
Michael Rader is a stage director, arts executive and teacher and the Artistic Director of the historic Cape Playhouse. His diverse career in the arts has afforded him positions such as Artistic Director for Cirque du Soleil, Broadway Liaison and Arts Education Consultant to the New York City Department of Education and Director of Entertainment of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
In the fall of 2015, Rader was granted the rights to re-conceive Colm Tóibín's controversial hit play The Testament of Mary. Rader's reimagined version features five actresses sharing the title role – each woman representing a different cultural ideal of Mary. A private workshop of this version was held in NYC in October of 2015 featuring Lynn Cohen, Adriane Lenox, Jill Paice, Elizabeth Kemp and Thursday Farrar.
Highlights as a director or associate include: A Christmas Story (National Tour), Stalking The Bogeyman (NYTimes Critics Pick, Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Varekai (Cirque Du Soleil), The Testament of Mary, Deep Love (NYMF 2015), A Christmas Carol (National Tour), Mandela! with Norm Lewis, You are Not Alone with Betty Buckley and Lea DeLaria, productions with Sacramento Music Circus, The York Theatre Company, The Actors Studio Repertory Theatre, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Human Race Theatre, The Dramatist Guild, The Huron Playhouse, The Forestburgh Playhouse, Joe's Pub and the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway benefit production of William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle. Michael's direction of the show, benefiting marriage equality, was acclaimed as "…profound and visionary." He is a graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School MFA Directing Program and a proud alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
He is thrilled to have worked alongside Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick, Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep, Tony Award winners and nominees Betty Buckley, Robin de Jesus, Roxanne Hart, Jon Herrera, Cady Huffman, Mark Kudisch, Megan Lawrence, Adriane Lenox, Norm Lewis, Forest McClendon, Brad Oscar, John Tartaglia.
Michael is passionate about and committed to finding ways of utilizing the arts as a tool to empower the lives of those less fortunate, especially children in need. It was during his initial time working with chronically ill children that Michael fully realized his passion for humanitarian work, especially when it involved working within the arts.
In addition to his work as an actor and director he regularly teaches acting and audition technique classes in NYC and has served on the faculty of SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and The Summit School near Washington, DC.
BFA - Acting and Musical Theatre from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music and Wright State University
MFA - Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University