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).
Goedenavond Dames en Heren (NL) – Recurring – Omroep MAX/ Dir. Rita Horst
Distressed Repossessions (LA) – Lead – TBD/ Dir. Brian Ritter
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 upon request
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
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.