Unger, Michael

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UNGER, Michael


Married Janet Metz (an actress); children: Phoebe, Nathaniel. Education: Ithaca College, B.F.A. (cum laude); studied at Actors Center, Actors Institute, Circle in the Square, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Wynn Handman Studio.

Career: Actor and director. Acting instructor at various venues. Developer of Ungerware software.


Stage Appearances:

Appeared as Dr. Charke, Campion, as Drake, Golden Boy, as Phillipo, The Rover, as Mel, Slam, and as Roday, The Three Sisters, all Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA; as Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and as Argan, Imaginary Invalid, both Renaissance Repertory Company; as Amsel, Portage to San Christobal, and as a clown, Othello, both Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH; as Stanley, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Studio Theatre, New York City; as Eugene, Broadway Bound, Jupiter Theatre, FL; as Valere in a gorilla suit, The Miser, Immediate Theatre, Chicago, IL; as Iago, Othello, Chicago City Theatre; as the title role, Peer Gynt, Passage Theatre, Chicago, IL; as Sevek, The Survivor, American Jewish Repertory, Los Angeles; as Grumio, The Taming of the Shrew, The Complex, Los Angeles; and as the title role, Tartuffe, Dillingham Center.

Major Tours:

Appeared as Epstein, Biloxi Blues, U.S. cities; as Eugene and Stanley, Broadway Bound, U.S. cities.

Stage Director:

The Inconstant Lovers (also known as Changes of Heart), Barrington Stage Company, Consolati Performing Arts Center, Sheffield, MA, 1997.

Retribution, Lamb's Theatre, New York City, 1998.

A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 2000–2003.

Triumph of Love, Weston Playhouse, Weston, VT, 2002.

Kiss Me Kate (musical; reading), The Depot Theatre, Westport, NY, 2004.

The Mikado (opera), The Depot Theatre, 2004.

(With others) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (musical), Barrington Stage Company, Consolati Performing Arts Center, 2004.

Also director of Buried Child, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Love's Labour's Lost, all American Academy of Dramatic Arts; The Fiancees of Loche and The Game of Love and Chance, both Archlight Theatre; Leap B–4 You Look (musical revue), and Lost & Found, both American Musical and Dramatic Academy; The Blair Arch Project, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ; Christina Alberta's Father (reading), National Music Theatre Network; Cleavage and Smokes, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles; Cries from the Mammal House, Limelight Playhouse, Los Angeles; Crimes of the Heart, Blowing Rock Stage Company; Haven: The Musical (musical), Gindy Auditorium, Los Angeles; I'll Be Seeing You (musical), Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA; In Perpetuity throughout the Universe, The Julliard School, New York City; Les liaisons dangereuses, Sanford Meisner Theatre, Studio Dramatique, New York City; Meet Me in St. Louis (musical), The MUNY; Noises Off, New Harmony Theatre, Evansville, IN; The Real McCoy (reading and workshop), New York University; School for Wives, Weston Playhouse; Steel Magnolias, Ohio Northern University, Freed Center for the Performing Arts, Ada, OH; Still, Generation Productions; The Taming of the Shrew, Complex Theatre; and White Rose, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA. Director of the workshop Kevorkian Cafe.

Stage Assistant Director:

A Christmas Carol, Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1996–1997.

Steel Pier (musical), Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Assistant director of Buried Child, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City and Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL; A Clockwork Orange, Steppenwolf Theatre; Closer Than Ever, Cherry Lane Theatre; Eyes for Consuela, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City; King David, New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City; and Romeo and Juliet, Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Assistant director of the workshop The Night They Raided Minksy's. Associate director of Take Flight.

Stage Work; Other:

(With others) Producer, Whatnot (musical), Musical Theatre Works, c. 1989.

Developer, The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses (musical; reading), National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival, 2001.

Developer, Caligula (musical; reading; also known as Caligula: An Ancient Glam Rock Epic), New York City Musical Theatre Festival, Zipper Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Developer of the musicals Dillinger: The Musical (reading), New 42nd Street Studios, New York City; and Chaplin. Assistant to the producers for the workshop Arthur: The Musical (musical); dramaturg for The Mad Dancers, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, and McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ. Has worked on the readings Dance on the Rooftops, Summer of '42, and Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus, all York Theatre; Liberty Smith (musical), Lamb's Theatre, New York City; and Water from the Moon, Education Alliance Center, New York City. Also worked on the productions Behind the Limelight and Ug.

Film Appearances:

Walter, Wolfpack, J.E.R. Productions, 1988.

Tenth guard, Caged Fury, Columbia/TriStar, 1989.

Stanley, Body Trouble (also known as Joker's Wild), Alpha Pictures, 1992.

Reporter, Albino Alligator, Miramax, 1996.

Appeared as Hal, Still Life.

Film Work:

Production assistant, Pink Nights, 1985.

Assistant, Albino Alligator, Miramax, 1996.

Assistant, Ransom, Buena Vista, 1996.

Grip, Jorge, 1998.

Assistant director, But Enough about Me..., 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Appeared as Tim Boswell, Law & Order, NBC.

Television Editor; Series:

ThunderCats (animated), syndicated, 1983 and 1985.

The SilverHawks (animated), syndicated, 1986.

Television Work; Other:

Assistant, Truman (movie), HBO, 1995.

Venue production associate, 2000 Olympic Games, NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC, 2000.

Assistant director of episodes of Picket Fences, CBS.


Music for Television; Specials:

Nickelodeon Magazine's Big 10 Birthday Bash, 2003.