Michael Hurst

Antonio Salieri

Michael is one of New Zealand’s leading theatre actors. He is renowned for his roles in Shakespeare (including Hamlet and Macbeth), and has played in over 100 productions ranging from the Greek classics to Brecht, from Gilbert and Sullivan to Richard O’Brian, from Chekov to Albee. He has directed many acclaimed productions including Chicago, Lysistrata, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, Brel and The Three Penny Opera, and was recently seen on stage as American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko in ATC’s production of Red, directed by Oliver Driver.

He is also a film and television director, with several productions to his credit, including Spartacus, Legend of the Seeker, Westside, The Almighty Johnsons and 800 Words. In the 1990’s he became known internationally for his portrayal of Iolaus in the US TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Michael is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, an Arts Laureate of New Zealand, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.