About Me

As these pictures will attest, I’m a character actor. I love finding the truth - my own personal truth - in any type of role. Finding the true heart of a character - even one who seems to be very different from who I am - is one of the joys and challenges that I love about acting. I also challenge my students to find their own “heart and soul” in all their roles.


Recent projects

  1. -House, MD

  2. -Heroes

  3. -Verizon

-  Big Love


Current Projects

-  Priest

  1. - Napa Auto Parts

-  Writing a web series

About Michael D. Nye

Heroes

Malice

Audrey’s Rain

High School High

Ford

About Me

As these pictures will attest, I’m a character actor. I love finding the truth - my own personal truth - in any type of role. Finding the true heart of a character - even one who seems to be very different from who I am - is one of the joys and challenges that I love about acting. I also challenge my students to find their own “heart and soul” in all their roles.


Recent projects

  1. -House, MD

  2. -Heroes

  3. -Verizon

-  Big Love


Current Projects

-  Priest

  1. - Napa Auto Parts

-  Writing a web series

As these pictures show, when I’m not writing, directing, or coaching, I’m a character actor. I love discovering my own personal truth in any type of role. Finding the true heart of a character - even one who seems to be very different from who I am - is one of the joys and challenges that I love about acting. I also want my students to find their own “heart and soul” in all their roles.


Recent projects

  1. -Desolate

  2. -Priest

  3. -Torchwood

  4. -Eagleheart

  5. -NFL Commercial

  6. -The Grimble W.C.

  7. -Little Boy


Upcoming Projects

  1. - More Internet sketches

- Writing a web series

Carnivale

Napa

 

Biography


Actor, writer, director, and teacher Michael D. Nye was first exposed to the world of show business as a child while traveling with his parents who were performers in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  After attending Hollywood High School, Michael's first show business job began at the age of nineteen when he joined the staff at WTVW, an ABC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana. Starting as a cable puller, he quickly advanced to cameraman and, eventually, control room operator. After leaving WTVW, he attended film school in Northern California, then worked at another ABC affiliate, WTVM, in Columbus, Georgia, where he shot and edited over five hundred news films and videos.


Then, while attending college as a theatre arts major in Northern California, Michael worked as an actor, stage manager, and director at various area theatres. After moving back to Los Angeles, he spent two years with the Aman Folk Ensemble as a stage manager and technical director, working at such venues as The Music Center and the John Anson Ford Theatre. He also directed several video documentaries for this ensemble.


During his time with the Aman Folk ensemble, Michael began to direct his own short films and write screenplays. After pursuing independent theatre studies while living in London, Michael returned to Los Angeles where he executive-produced and hosted the feature anthology film Grave Images, starring Sally Kirkland, and wrote and directed the feature vampire film Night Tour. Michael also directed the pilot Comedy On A Roll for NBC, as well as the documentaries Duffy - The Story of a Clown and Travels Through Hungary.


Michael has directed the premiers of numerous new plays, including the hit comedies The Big Farewell and The One Night Band (both of which he wrote); Stills and Two For One, for the Attic Theatre; The Ultimate Crutch; Hash House; and the award-winning Late Bloomers. His involvement with children’s theatre includes directing Dragon Stew, and co-founding the touring improvisational troupe Mockingbird.


Michael then returned to acting, playing principal roles in such hits as the David Zucker film, High School High, and recurring roles on two HBO series, Carnivale and Big Love.


He has had principal roles in many other films and television shows, such as Ginseng Power, Audrey’s Rain, The Even Stevens Movie, The Grubbs, and Headcases. In addition to his work on Big Love, other recent parts include ones on House M.D., Heroes, Torchwood, Eagleheart, Priest, and in the upcoming feature film, Little Boy. National commercials include: Sony, Ford, Miller Lite, Snapple, IBM, Pepcid, Pizza Hut, Napa Auto Parts, NFL, and McDonald’s.


Michael has also appeared in many original stage productions, including: The Trial Of Susan B. Anthony, Mr. President, and Panic In Hollywood, as well as revivals of The Connection, Comings and Goings, Oliver!, and Hello Dolly. He has performed in improvisational shows with The Groundlings, Second Coat, The Denny Evans Show, Mockingbird, and Loose Cannons. He has written and performed in many sketch comedy shows, most recently with No Shame Theatre, and has done stand-up comedy, storytelling, and performance art in and around Los Angeles.


Along with performing, Michael teaches acting (based on his system of “Dynamic Acting”), comedy improvisation, commercial auditioning, stand-up comedy, and storytelling. He currently is available for private coaching and script consulting. For eight years he has taught improvisation to teens through the Young Adult Services (YAS) program for the City of Los Angeles. He was a founding member of the Film Artists Network, has served on the faculties of The Academy of Converging Arts and The Conscious Living Foundation, and is a founding partner in Spontaneous Solutions, which conducts creativity workshops for businesses.


Michael continues to act, write, and coach actors, as well as lead workshops and seminars on acting and creativity issues for both actors and businesses. Since finishing his forthcoming books, “Dynamic Acting” and “101 Questions Actors Ask,” he is currently at work writing a web series. His latest video, The Grimble World Championships, made for Funny or Die, can be seen on that site.

           

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