Michael graduated from Music Conservatory with a major in Jazz Piano and a minor in Theatre acting. He follows acting classes in Los Angeles with Jenny Krater Studio’s and Anthony Meindl, he took classes with Jeremiah Comey, John Sudol and Doug Warhit and followed improv classes at IO West. He has performed lead and support roles in various festival films in the Netherlands as well as in LA. He has also played in two national USA commercials for Wayfair.com and for a medical clinic in LA (local tv) and three national commercials in the Netherlands, one of which was nominated for the ‘Gouden Loeki’  (a prestigious Dutch award for television commercials).

A few film nominations:

*1- The film ‘SHORT’ directed by Naima Challiouli was the Official Selection for the Berlin Film Festival, the Burbank Film Festival, the Trinity International Film Festival in Detroit, the Budapest Short Film Festival and the Bend Film Festival Oregon.

*2- The film ‘Ik Ontmoet Je Daar’ (‘I’ll Meet You There’) was nominated ‘Best Film’ at the YAKFA festival.

*3- Michael won the nomination ‘Best Actor’ in the film ‘Herman’ at the 48 Hour Film Festival Amsterdam Horror Edition.

*4- The film ‘Tiemen’ was nominated for Best Photography in the 48 Hour Film Festival Rotterdam.

*5- The film ‘Schaduwspel’ won the Oirschot Culture Award (NL).

 

RESUME

 

TELEVISION

Goedenavond Dames en Heren (NL)   – Recurring    – Omroep MAX/ Dir. Rita Horst

Distressed Repossessions (LA)    – Lead    – TBD/ Dir. Brian Ritter

 

FILM

Significant Others (LA) – Lead – Dir. William Kioultzopolous

Cocktail D’Amore (LA) – Lead – Dir. Chris Clancey

Brutus Is An Honorable Man (LA) – Lead – Dir. Allan Jeffrey

Devil’s Bond (LA) – Lead – Dir. Kaleb Collins

Later Now (LA) – Lead – Dir. Samuel Huntington/ DP Drew Moe

Bundle of Joy (LA) – Lead – Dir. Wouters & Tolliver/ DP Sterling Tolliver

Dutch & Georgia (LA) – Lead – Dir. & DP Scott Baker/ T. David Carangan

All The Way (NL) – Support – Dir. Sanya Schreuder/ DP Max Houtman

The Lie Clinic (NL) – Lead – Dir. & DP Jeroen Blom

Herman (NL) (*3) – Lead – Dir. Aiman Hassani

Tiemen (NL) (*4) – Lead – Dir. Jurriaan Strous

Threads II (NL/ AUS/ USA) – Lead – Dir. Walter Brokx

Schaduwspel (NL) (*5) – Support – Dir. Joep Lommerse/ DP Ruurd Fenenga

SHORT (NL) (*1) – Support – Dir. Naima Challiou

The Case (LA) – Lead – Dir. & DP James Dillard

Trigger (LA) – Lead – Dir. Paul Baker

Ik Ontmoet Je Daar (I’ll Meet You There) (NL) (*2) – Lead – Dir. Kevin Tromp/ DP Christiaan van Leeuwen

Best Background Actor (LA) – Lead – Dir. Nika Bros

Cockblock Rehab (LA) – Lead – Dir. & DP Nika Bros

Those Who Kill (NL) – Lead – Dir. Jop Gorseling/ DP Max Houtman

The Final Kiss (NL) – Lead – Dir. & DP Stephan Vos

Rise Of The Phoenix (LA) – Lead – Dir. Kristine Amy

Beloftes (Vows) – Lead – Dir. Anil Wagemans

 

COMMERCIALS

Commercials upon request

 

EDUCATION/TRAINING

Jenny Krater (LA) – Film Acting & Audition Techniques

Anthony Meindl (LA) – Script Study/ Cold Read/ General Acting

Dough Warhit (LA) – On Camera Acting

IO West (LA) – Improv

John Sudol (LA) – Language of the Face

Jeremiah Comey (LA) – Close Camera acting

Conservatory Utrecht Jazz Piano, minor in Theatre acting (NL) – Meisner

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

Languages: English, Dutch, German, French.

Accents: English-Dutch/German/French/Eastern European/Russian, Scottish, Flemish,

Playing piano (jazz/ pop), singing, music composing, Muay Thai/ Kick boxing, Baseball (Junior Dutch National Team), valid motor bicycle license, valid drivers license, driving stick shift, Salsa/ bachata/ merengue dancing.