Michael is a production designer and filmmaker who is currently designing season one of HOLLYHOCK for Netflix. Other work with Netflix includes the Natasha Lyonne-led RUSSIAN DOLL, for which he won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Production Design Half-Hour.
He also recently designed the first season of Megan Abbott’s DARE ME for USA/UCP, the stand-up series THE DEGENERATES, and Madeleine Sackler's O.G. (starring Jeffrey Wright, TriBeCa 2018) for HBO Films. Other design standouts include Andrew Bujalski’s Sundance-winning COMPUTER CHESS and Robbie Pickering’s NATURAL SELECTION, winner of the 2011 SXSW Grand Jury Prize.
Additionally, Michael is the Founder of PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS, an Indianapolis non-profit and urban design do-tank. This work has been featured in Dwell, The Huffington Post, and CityLab, and Michael has presented PUP's story at DesignBoom in New York, Brightworks Innovation Day in Toronto, and Creative Mornings in Indianapolis.
Michael earned his Master in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught production design at the University of Texas Film Institute. He has also worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Wabash College. He splits his time between New York, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles.
VULTURE // THE STORY BEHIND RUSSIAN DOLL’S BATHROOM ‘RESET POINT’
INTERIORS JOURNAL // RUSSIAN DOLL
HUNKER // HOW RUSSIAN DOLL’S PRODUCTION DESIGNER CREATED A MYSTERY DRIPPING IN MAXIMALISM
HOLLYHOCK - S1 (hour political thriller, 10 episodes, Netflix)
DARE ME - S1 (hour mystery/drama, 10 episodes including pilot, USA/UCP/Film 44)
RUSSIAN DOLL - S1 (half-hour comedy, 8 episodes, Netflix)
THE DEGENERATES - S1 (stand-up series, 6 episodes, Netflix)
O.G. (narrative feature, HBO Films)
SCHLAGE SENSE (commercial)
THE PERSIAN CONNECTION (narrative feature, TriBeCa)