John Michael Cox is an actor, director, teacher, and acting coach currently located in Greenville South Carolina. Spending his childhood in rural Illinois, and his educational years in the urban centers of Detroit MI and Washington DC has helped him to cultivate a calm adaptability to an ever evolving world. John Michael views every new creative project as an invitation toward Trust, Love, and Curiosity.
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 production of 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 the Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy 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; and performed under the direction of Dan Crane, Paul Reisman, Timothy Douglas, and Aaron Posner.
Directing credits include Comedy of Errors and Classic Players: Off the Boards (Upstate Renaissance Faire); This Could Be and Happily Ever After Please (Equinox Theatre); Twelfth Night and The White Rose (Bob Jones University).
Acting credits include The Taming of the Shrew, Nell Gwynn, and The Tempest (Texas Shakespeare Festival); 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 60, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (STC Academy); Hamlet, The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Greenville Shakespeare Company); A Christmas Carol (Greenville Theatre); Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical, and The Tempest (Classic Players).
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