Michael SiebrassMichael Siebrass
began performing in high school where his
talent earned him a 4 year scholarship to the University of Portland
in Oregon.At UP, he earned a BA in Speech and Drama with an emphasis on acting and directing.His
interest in the Theatre of the Absurd led to his
direction of plays by Albee, Pinter, Adamov, and Genet.As an actor, he
appeared in many roles, the main stage highlights being the title role in King Lear, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, and Ephraim Cabot in Desire Under the Elms.
Upon graduation from the University of Portland
was co-founder of the Muses Theatre
in Portland, a theatre housed in the basement of an espresso house, where he
acted in and directed plays by Sartre, Beckett, Ionesco, and Michel de Ghelderode among others.In the midst of a campus rebellion at San Francisco State University, Michael earned his second degree, an MA in Theatre Arts, then moved to Europe, and abandoned the theatre.For 4 years, he taught and was Headmaster at two American schools on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain before returning to the United States to join the corporate world, first as a Technical Writer and then as a departmental manager of Technical Publications for several computer companies in Silicon Valley.In 2001, Michael retired with his family to the Central Coast and began working in theatre again.
At SLOLT he
appeared in Damn Yankees, Camelot, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Annie, and directed Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and Inherit the Wind, all with great success. Since 2004 when he originated it, he has served as Artistic Director and sometimes actor and director for the Reader's Theatre program at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre (SLOLT), a series that has had very good audience response.In addition, he is currently working as the Artistic Director for Houselights Theatre in Morro Bay.