Theatre Director/Producer/Educator


A focus on the personal in the political, on big ideas, and on stories that connect us to one another.

Photo by DJ Corey Photography

Photo by DJ Corey Photography


Michael Dove

Michael Dove is a US-based producer, director, dramaturg, and arts organizer who specializes in new work with a particular interest in socio-political themes and experimental styles. He was the founding Artistic Director of Forum Theatre (which recently ended production after 14 seasons) where he produced over 60 theatre, dance, and performance art productions and garnered 13 Helen Hayes Awards nominations, winning 4. Recently, he co-produced the Digital Eye festival, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and various European Embassies in DC and was the Artistic Director of the city-wide Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival, working with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. He is a regular attendee of the TESZT Euroregional Theatre Festival in Timișoara, Romania, reporting for the Center for International Theatre Development, and has traveled all over the world, participating in festivals in South Korea, Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, Italy, and France. He has a special interest in Central and Eastern European theatre particularly in Hungary and Romania.

At Forum, he directed the NNPN Rolling World Premieres of Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan, Blackberry Winter and Pluto by Steve Yockey, and the World Premiere of Holly Down In Heaven by Kara Lee Corthron as well as Love and Information,  I Call My BrothersPassion Play, Agnes Under the Big TopChurchMad ForestScorchedAngels in America: PerestroikaAmazons and Their Men (co-directed), dark play or stories for boysMarat/SadeAntigoneValparaisoRockaby and Rough for Radio (for the DC Beckett Centenary Festival), The MemorandumHamletmachine, and BECKETT: The Shorter Plays.

Regionally, he has directed Blackberry Winter at Orlando ShakespeareSeminar at PlayMakers Repertory Company4000 Miles at Vermont Stage CompanyDoubtSideman, and When the Rain Stops Falling at 1st StageA View From the Bridge at Cape Fear Regional Theater, as well as productions at Imagination StageSolas Nua, the Source FestivalMontgomery College, and the University of Maryland. As an educator, Mr. Dove teaches directing at the Shakespeare Theatre, leads workshops for directors and designers at the Kennedy Center, and has been a guest panelist at Georgetown UniversityAmerican UniversityJames Madison University, and the University of Maryland. He studied theatre, dance, art, art history, and philosophy at JMU and is a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.



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