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, Wonder, and Love.
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 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); A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical, The Tempest, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night (Classic Players); Arsenic and Old Lace (Baldwin Theatre); And Then There Were None (Avon Players).
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