Michael Hurst

Adaptor & Director

Michael is one of New Zealand’s leading theatre directors. Though he is particularly known for his work with Shakespeare, his most recent productions have been in the realm of musical theatre. In 2011 he directed Cabaret in the Spiegeltent on the Auckland waterfront, and in 2013, Chicago, at Q theatre. Both productions were for the Auckland Theatre Company, and both received rave reviews and ran for extended seasons to full houses.

Michael’s acting career spans almost forty years and includes roles ranging from Hamlet and Macbeth to Mozart and The Widow Twankey. In the 1990’s he shot to international fame with his portrayal of Iolaus in the US television series Hercules, The Legendary Journeys.

He has directed a number of US television shows, including Spartacus and Ash Versus The Evil Dead (airing later this year), and has also directed episodes of the NZ television series The Almighty Johnsons, Step Dave and The Brokenwood Mysteries.

Michael is the chair of the Auckland University Outdoor Summer Shakespeare Trust, Chair of The Actors’ Program Trust and a member of the New Zealand Rationalist Society.” 

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