Michael J. Bobbitt

Michael is the former Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre (2007 – 2019) in Maryland and New Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts (2019-2021). Currently, he is the Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, the most senior official in arts and culture for the state of Massachusetts. A published playwright, his plays include Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical by the Helen Hayes Awards), Garfield, the Musical with Cattitude, Jumanji (Nominated for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation by the Helen Hayes Awards), Caps for Sale, Blueberries for Sal, Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Mirandy and Brother Wind, Say It Ain’t So, The Stephen Schwartz Project, Tam’s Two Dads.  For the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, he has revised How Old Is a Hero?, Black Diamond and Going the Distance.  Additionally, he adapted Big, the musical into a Theatre for Young Audience version (published by Musical Theatre International) and the redux of Broadway’s After Midnight (Published by Broadway Publishing). Currently, he’s working The Lil’ Flo and Big Moe Show!, a Radio play commissioned by Hartford Stage and an adaptation of Monster Mash: A New Musical, commissioned by the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21).   As a writer, his work has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival. His new musicals, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and Caps for Sale appeared at the New Victory Theatre in NYC. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.