Michael Menger has been writing and directing for over 15 years.  He has extensive experience work-shopping original plays, as well as giving detailed and constructive feedback to playwrights during their creative journeys. 

Inspired by numerous physical theater and modern dance companies Michael founded The Really BIG Dance Company in 1991. Dance pieces were created collectively and the company got a reputation for their unique sense of humor. (Most famous was the legendary dance piece: Cows.) The company was incorporated as a non-profit in 1995 under the new title The Really BIG Production Company Michael served as Artistic Director until 2001 when he chose to leave the Northwest to pursue a career in New York City.

While in Portland, Michael had the opportunity to direct opera, musicals and straight plays in a variety of venues; from hole in the wall theatres to the prestigious Portland Center for the Performing Arts in Portland, Oregon and the Pantages Theater in Tacoma, Washington. Regardless of the locale, Michael quickly became known for his inventive staging and highly physical productions.

In additon to directing and choreography, Michael has written several plays including, Tracks, The Really BIG Dance Company Goes To Hell!, The Holiday Show, The Pirate Show!, Out West!, and most recently Perfection, which he wrote, produced and directed for his wife Kellie. Michael and his wife are currently putting the finishing touches on their much awaited musical extravaganza: The Really BIG Pirate Show!


New York Theater:
Radio Mirth and the Third Reich Jay Christopher Productions, NYC
Lotto TSI, NYC
A Blooming of Ivy TSI, NYC
The House of Nunzio All Seasons Theater Company , NYC
Regional Theater:
Mass Appeal All Seasons Theater Company , NJ
Kellie Johnson One Night Only! TriArts at the Sharon Playhouse
Perfection The Miracle Theater
Profecia The Miracle Theater
Grease Broadway Rose Theater Company
Better Living Integrity Productions
The True History of Mexico and Coca-Cola The Miracle Theater
Cenizas The Miracle Theater
Deporting the Divas The Miracle Theater
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tygres Heart Shakespeare
The Elixir of Love              Portland State Opera

The Comedic Tragedy of Hamlet

Six On Shakespeare
Additional Directing Credits:
As Artistic Director for "The Really BIG Production Company"

The Pirate Show (Revival June ‘01)

Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
Out West! Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
The Pirate Show! Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
The Really BIG Dance Co. Goes To Hell! Winningstad Theater, PCPA, Portland, OR
The Odd Ball at the First Night Festival Pantages Theater, Tacoma, WA
The Odd Ball Echo Theater, Portland, OR
The Holiday Show Portland Women's Theatre, Portland, OR

1991-2001 The Really BIG Production Company

19 Productions throughout the Northwest
The True History of Mexico and Coca-Cola Miracle Theater
Cenizas Miracle Theater

Deporting the Divas

Miracle Theater
Oedipus Portland Greek Theater
The Comedy of Errors Tygre’s Heart Shakespeare
Little Shop of Horrors Portland Repertory Theater
The Fallen Angel Choir: It’s a Wrap! Northwest Tour
Green Eggs and Ham/Gertrude McFuzz Northwest Children’s Theater
Professional Training: 
BA, Theater Arts (with honors), Portland State University
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC