Michael Wainstein

Michael Wainstein

Michael Wainstein

Michael Wainstein

  • B.A., theater, Hunter College, 1985
  • M.F.A., directing, University of Cincinnati, 1989
First year at SCAD:

"Desire to inspire students to define the future of the performing artist in a 21st century context."


Subject of PBS Documentary on Russia/USA theater collaborations


Society of Directors and Choreographers, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Publications and presentations

"Introduction to Directing," Focus Publishing

Previous Positions

Artistic director, The Naples Theatre, Naples, Florida, 1999-2007; artistic director, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; artistic director, The Lincoln Playhouse, Lincoln, Nebraska; artistic director, The Topeka Civic Theatre, Topeka, Kansas; resident stage director, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati, Ohio; resident stage director, Chautauqua Opera, New York; resident stage director, Buxton Festival, England; freelance artist, Academy Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia; freelance artist, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago, Illinois; freelance artist, The Blowing Rock Playhouse, Blowing Rock, North Carolina; freelance artist, Chautauqua Conservatory, New York; freelance artist, Frankfurt Hauptbuhne, Frankfurt, Germany; freelance artist, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Italy; professor, University of New Hampshire; professor, University of Nebraska; professor, The University of Cincinnati; directing intern/assistant to Douglas Hughes, Seattle Repertory Theatre; artistic director, Cincinnati Festival of New Plays, Cincinnati, Ohio; producer, Russia, Live!, theater exchange program with the Teatr Na Liteynom in St. Petersburg, Russia

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • MUST 240 Vocal Performance Rep
  • MUST 340 Musical Theatre Scene Study
  • MPRA 204 Survey of Theatre and Drama II
  • MPRA 340 Scene Study
  • MPRA 375 Directing
  • MPRA 400 Audition Techniques and Materials
  • MPRA 702 Acting: Realism
  • MPRA 706 Acting, non-realism
  • MPRA 780 Special Topics in Performing Arts