As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in THE FRONT PAGE and THE CORN IS GREEN, in such feature films as RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and SPACE JAM, Off-Broadway in FRANKENSTEIN and BRAND, in the San Francisco company of THE FOREIGNER, and the Los Angeles company of SHEAR MADNESS. He worked on the Geffen Playhouse productions of UNCLE VANYA, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, A PICASSO, HEROES and HEDDA GABLER, as well as working at The Mark Taper Forum in EXPECTING ISABEL. In Dallas, he appeared in the American premiere of DOG DAYS, written and directed by Simon Gray. At La Mirada Theatre, he performed in LAST NIGHT AT BALLYHOO, KING OF THE MOON and THE FOREIGNER.
He has worked on various television series including MODERN FAMILY, BONES, FAMILY LAW, (recurring as Judge Prentiss), COLD CASE, ELI STONE, THE PRACTICE, ACCORDING TO JIM, ALLY MC BEAL, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, ARLISS (recurring Guest Star), NYPD BLUE, THE X-FILES, FRASIER, STAR TREK-THE NEXT GENERATION, MURDER ONE, MURPHY BROWN, BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, MARRIED …WITH CHILDREN, L.A. LAW, CIVIL WARS, PICKET FENCES, THREAT MATRIX, ITS ALL RELATIVE, STRONG MEDICINE, NIKKI, STEP BY STEP, HUDSON STREET, DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN, SNOOPS and LOVE AND WAR.
His credits also include numerous appearances in regional theatre, notably: SLEUTH, CHARLEY’S AUNT at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, THE UNEASY CHAIR at the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, THE UNDERPANTS at Capital Repertory in Albany, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL,THE TEMPEST and THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL at Michigan’s Meadow Brook Theatre, TERRA NOVA at the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, D.C. and CANDIDA and BEDROOM FARCE at Maryland’s Olney Theatre.
At Pacific Resident Theatre, he has appeared in LOYALTIES, MY ANTONIA, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, ARDÈLE, OF MICE AND MEN, THE VISIT, ONDINE, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, HOGAN’S GOAT and ROCKET TO THE MOON.
As a director, Michael served as the Artistic Director of Pennsylvania’s Allenberry Playhouse from 1987 to 1992. For Allenberry, he directed 40 productions, notably: LETTICE AND LOVAGE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, AGNES OF GOD, THE FOREIGNER, BLITHE SPIRIT, DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE MIRACLE WORKER, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, BROADWAY BOUND, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, LEND ME A TENOR, CABARET, GUYS AND DOLLS and MY FAIR LADY.
For Pacific Resident Theatre, he has directed BECKY’S NEW CAR (Los Angeles Premiere) Brecht’s SAINT JOAN OF THE SLAUGHTERHOUSES, OTHERWISE ENGAGED, CANDIDA, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, WAITING FOR GODOT, THE HASTY HEART, RELATIVE MADNESS, THE USUAL, THE PRIVATE EAR, as well as youth productions of HAMLET and MACBETH ….ACCORDING TO THE FIFTH GRADE.
Elsewhere, he directed the West Coast Premiere of HOLY GHOST at Theatre of NOTE and MY FAIR LADY at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. At the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, he directed THE LAST FLAPPER. In Washington, D.C., he directed MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION and THE MILLIONAIRESS at the Washington Stage Guild. In 1994, he directed SLEUTH, which toured southern California. He also directed PRIDE AND PREJUDICE for the USC School of the Theatre.
He is the recipient of various theatre awards and nominations. His production of THE HASTY HEART won the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Revival. SAINT JOHN OF THE SLAUGHTERHOUSES was nominated for the 2009
LA WEEKLY AWARD for Best Revival. In 1997, he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in ARDÃˆLE, as well as the 1997 Drama Logue Award in Direction for MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION.
Michael does voice narration and has served as an Adjunct Instructor in Theatre and Speech at Valley College in San Bernardino, CA.
He trained at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. (B.A. Speech and Drama) and at Wayne State University in Detroit in the M.F.A. Acting Program as a member of the Hilberry Repertory Company.
Michael is married to Debbie Rothhaar. Their children are Will Rothhaar, Charlie Linehan, Catherine Keim and Rob Keim.
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