Michael Hurst

Director

Michael last appeared for Auckland Theatre Company in david Harrower’s BLACKBIRD. Previous stage roles include the leads in both HAMLET and MACBETH, The Fool in KING LEAR, Arnold in TORCH SONG TRILOGY, Josef K in THE TRIAL, The Maniac in ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST, Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT, Riff-Raff in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Mozart in AMADEUS, Martin in THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? and The Widow Twankey in ALADDIN, which he also wrote and directed.

Directing credits include HAMLET, MACBETH, KING LEAR, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, TWELFTH NIGHT, ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE, MR MARMALADE, LIFE IS A DREAM, THE THREEPENNY OPERA (produced by Silo Theatre in conjunction with his own company The Large
Group) and HANSEL AND GRETEL (NBR New Zealand Opera).

Michael has directed feature films and television drama, and for eight years he starred in the US television series HERCULES — THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS as Iolaus, the loyal companion to the eponymous hero. He stars in the upcoming US action movie BITCH SLAP.

As well as being a founding member of Auckland’s Watershed Theatre from 1990, Michael is a patron of TAPAC, a New Zealand Arts Laureate award recipient, an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.