Jay Michaels is a producer/executive with a specialty in communications and promotion. He has been part of the independent theater and film movement since 1977 and was part of Lincoln Center’s tribute to Caffe Cino and the original off-off Broadway movement in 1985. Before becoming an entrepeneur, he worked as an actor (stage and film) and director (off-Braodway) for many years, garnering accolades for helming new plays and musicals and a wildly successful series of Shakespeare plays sporting unqiue production schemes.
He began as a member of the production staff for Hard Times, 1984, and Romulus Linney’s Holy Ghosts at the Joyce Theater’s American Theater series, which won a 1986 Drama Desk Award. He also served on the production staff of events featuring Eliot Feld, Meredith Monk, Pilobolus, and the Nicholas Brothers. He went to serve as a national tour manager for Les Miserables, Cats, Oliver, and Edwin Drood and a production associate at PBS for the special series, Increase the Peace.
As a stage & film producer, he worked with David Canary, Tovah Feldshuh, George Morfogen at the Pearl Theater; Adrienne Shelly and the Missing Children Theater, to name a few, at venues including the Perry Street Theater, Theater Off-Park, The Wild Project, LaMama, American Theater of Actors, and much of Theatre Row. He directed the final company of LINE at the 13th Street Playhouse.
His career as a promotional executive began on Broadway with Guys & Dolls (1992) and continued with Damn Yankees (1994), The Vagina Monologues (2005) and recently with Beginnings (2017). He served on the promotional staff for The Daily News, producing events at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and Atlantic City. He served as copywriter for Bob Hope at Carnegie Hall featuring Skitch Henderson and his orchestra.
As senior marketing executive for an international philanthropy, he produced large scale events at which he also served as speech writer and coach to dignitaries including James Earl Jones, Jon Stewart, Rocco Landesman, Barry Weissler, and Hillary Clinton.
Continuing in marketing and promotion creating campaigns including social media, web content composition and management, and graphic design for Luxury Universal Experience, Diamonds.net, Novoe Russkoe Slovo, among others.
In 1997, he opened a nonprofit arts & education organization: Genesis Repertory, founded with Mary Elizabeth Micari, this non-profit arts organization is dedicated to creating opportunities for young and emerging artists on stage and in film & TV. He also fostered its promotional arm: JMC: Channel I – a network of programs featuring – and dedicated to – independent artists.
Jay lectures around the tri-state area in theater, communications, public relations, and media culture. A noted genre film and television historian, Jay hosted programs including Terror Talk, In the PassionPit, Nocturnes, and The Fourth Folio. He can be found producing/presiding conventions including Phoenix FearCon and Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival. He is also a published writer and reviewer.
Jay Michaels is also a voice over artist, creating the character of Shadrack in the Video Game, Kings Quest: Silver Lining