Michael Springate was the founding Artistic Director of the Painted Bird Ensemble in Montreal, active during the 1970's. He was invited to join the theatre faculty at Concordia University, first teaching performance in the dance department and acting in the theatre department. In 1984 he became the Artistic Director of Playwrights Workshop Montreal, where he initiated the program New Music New Text, as well as Playwrights' Retrospective. He became the Assistant Head of the Theatre Section at the Canada Council prior to becoming the Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg. His production of "The Stone Angel" was invited to a sold out run at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He then became Artistic Director of Factory Theatre in Toronto.
After working briefly in film production and distribution, he produced with director Carolyn Combs a number of socially conscious documentaries, including The Art and Ability Series and Protest and Prayer. He also wrote the screenplay for and produced Acts of Imagination, which had its Canadian premiere in 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival. As a playwright, Michael continues his work on a series of "history plays": Historical Bliss, Dog and Crow, Kareena, Freeport Texas and, most recently, Küt. In October 2006 he was invited to present a paper entitled "Symptoms of a Crises in English Culture" at the PEN International Writer's Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
He studied visual arts at The Montreal Museum School of Fine Arts, and has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, where he has recently taught directing, acting, and playmaking.
Michael Springate and Wayne Allen Jones are collaborating on a project that is being performed at 32nd&Urban on October 27.