John Michael Cox

John Michael Cox is an actor, director, teacher, and acting coach currently located in South Carolina. He grew up in the farm lands of rural Illinois, and despite several educational years spent in the Detroit and Washington DC urban centers, his farm-boy instincts will always remember the smell of corn fields at harvest.

Hailed as “marvelously comic” by DC Metro Theatre Arts, and praised for his “fierce commitment” by the Greenville News, John Michael has proven his flexibility and determination through his varying performances. Carolina Curtain Call reviewed his portrayal of Berowne in Greenville Shakespeare Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, as “a real breakout performance that demonstrates both command of the material and comic timing.”

John Michael earned his MFA in Classical Acting from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University, where he studied under industry professionals such as Alec Wild, Ed Gero, Floyd King, Dody DiSanto, Lisa Beley, Chris Cherry, Roberta Stiehm, and Robb Hunter. He also had the honor to perform under the direction of Dan Crane, Paul Reisman, Timothy Douglas, and Aaron Posner. As an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, John Michael holds recommended pass certifications in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, and Broadsword.

Credits include Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Hoosier Shakespeare Festival); Blood: A Comedy (Best Medicine Rep Theatre); As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Henry VI, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Academy for Classical Acting); The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Greenville Shakespeare Company); A Christmas Carol (Greenville Theatre); The Tempest, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night (Classic Players); A Christmas Carol: A New Musical, and Fiddler on the Roof (BJU); Arsenic and Old Lace (Baldwin Theatre); And Then There Were None (Avon Players).

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