Michael Herwitz is a director, producer, and dramaturg in New York City. He is often found huddled around a script in development or dreaming up a revival of a favorite musical. His directing work collides fantasy and spirituality with the realistic and mundane, and is frequently representative of the queer and/or Jewish communities. He creates rehearsal rooms where generosity of spirit and deep respect for the material are paramount. Michael is a ferocious advocate for the fourth wall and believes every second act deserves a dream ballet.
In Fall 2023, Michael made his directorial Off-Broadway debut with JOB by Max Wolf Friedlich. The twice-extended, sold-out run was a New York Times Critics Pick and hallmarked as "Highbrow and Brilliant" in New York Magazine's Approval Matrix.
Born and raised outside New York City, Michael began his career as a child actor on Broadway. When stage managing his middle school musicals, he developed a deep passion for being on the other side of the footlights. Michael has developed and staged new plays and musicals at HERE, Ensemble Studio Theater, SoHo Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, IRT Theater, Lifeworld, and the Pasadena Playhouse. As an Assistant, Michael has supported the work of Terry Kinney, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Leigh Silverman, Jessie Nelson, and Joe Brancato.
Currently, Michael is an Associate General Manager / Development Assistant at Evan Bernardin Productions, where he guides Off-Broadway productions, national tours, and new work in development from ideation through final performance and beyond. He is the Co-Founder of G45 Productions, an artistic collective dedicated to new plays. His education spans Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts to Northwestern University to the Williamstown Theatre Festival to watching countless movie musicals as a kid.