Michael is a six times nominated and four times winner, Best Opera Production director, at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Previous opera work includes: Verdi's Aida (Irish National Opera); Puccini’s Suor Angelica/Il tabarro (Opera North); Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Wide Open Opera); Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (Danish National Opera); Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Irish Youth Opera); Marschner’s Der Vampyr (Everyman/Cork Operatic); Puccini’s La bohème (Opera North); Britten’s Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera); Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Everyman/Cork Operatic);Cherubini’s Medea (Glimmerglass, New York); Linley/Sheridan's The Duenna (ETO/Royal Opera House), and Richard Rodney Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur and Conrad Susa’s Transformations (Wexford Festival Opera).
Musical theatre includes The Bloody Irish! (PBS TV, USA); Anglo, the Musical (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre). Theatre includes Shadowlands (Wyndhams & Novello Theatres, West End;); Little Women, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Play, Old Times, The Shape of Things, Thérèse Raquin (The Gate); Conservatory, Richard II (The Abbey); Miss Julie, Blackbird, The Secret Garden, The Goat, Skylight (Landmark Productions); Amadeus, Tales from Ovid, Macbeth, Richard III, Mutabilitie, Anna Karenina, Troilus & Cressida, Venus & Adonis, (Theatreworks); Best Man (Everyman /Project).
Michael has four further nominations for his work in theatre at the Irish Theatre Awards. He is currently artistic director of The Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Previously, he was artistic director of the Everyman, Cork and of The Theatreworks Company.