BA from Connecticut College and MFA from Columbia University. Primary interests are in scriptwriting, with a focus on the theory and practice of adaptation. As a screenwriter, Michael wrote scripts for The Walt Disney Company, Harpo Entertainment and others. He wrote and directed Short Term Bonds, a segment for the "HBO Director's Workshop". The film was later screened at the Sundance Festival and was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle, representing the USA at film festivals throughout the world. In addition, Michael worked for the story department of several production companies, including Icon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, Showtime Networks, and Graham King's Initial Entertainment.