MICHAEL BREAULT received the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for his work as a producer and writer of the controversial ABC/20th Century Fox series NOTHING SACRED, hailed by critics as “the best television series ever produced about the rich and often complicated lives of American Catholics.” (Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News.) Mr. Breault recently served as Director of Vocation Promotion for the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in the United States and Canada. His remit was to design a dual-platform website with associated social media and to produce innovative video content. Results can be viewed at BeAJesuit.org (desktop and mobile versions available), BeAJesuit/Instagram and BeAJesuit/Twitter. Vice President of Creative Affairs, Loyola Productions, Culver City, California: Developed the company’s slate of mainstream narrative projects for film, broadcast, cable and the internet. His original script, HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE JESUITS, was filmed with an international cast and crew in Italy, Ireland and the U.S. He wrote and co-directed AMDG - THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, which premiered in Javier, Spain. More recent work includes creating, writing and directing the web series “40” (Webbie Award) and THE REAL DEAL (Telly Award). Associate Artistic Director, Circle in the Square, Broadway: Developed artistic programs for the theater, working with such artists as Edward Albee, Kathleen Turner, Laura Linney, Mercedes Ruehl, Mary Louise Parker, Austin Pendleton, and Frances McDormand. Two of his development projects, Philip Barry’s HOLIDAY and William Inge’s BUS STOP, were subsequently produced on Broadway. He conceived and produced FORBIDDEN CIRCLE, the 45th anniversary gala production, which featured thirty Circle in the Square alumni, including Annette Bening, Rosemary Harris, Marlo Thomas, Robert Klein, Elizabeth Franz, Ruby Dee and George Grizzard. Artistic Director, resident acting company The Cleveland Play House: Directed the American premieres of Sherry Coman’s apartheid drama SAY ZEBRA and Willy Holtzman’s skinhead saga BOVVER BOYS (Ohio LIVE Award, Outstanding Achievement in Theater); regional premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION; William M. Hoffman’s groundbreaking AIDS drama, AS IS; Frank McGuiness’ SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME; Truman Capote’s A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, starring the legendary Ruth Nelson (producer) and the American premiere of Trevor Griffith’s REAL DREAMS (producer). Artistic Director, resident acting company The Berkshire Theatre Festival: Directed Lanford Wilson’s FIFTH OF JULY; John Guare’s MARCO POLO SINGS A SOLO; Sam Shepard’s SAVAGE/LOVE; James McLure’s THE DAY THEY SHOT JOHN LENNON Bill Solly’s BOY MEETS BOY; his own play, INCOMING; and LILLIAN HELLMAN with Kim Hunter, George Grizzard and John McMartin. Other directing work includes: New York Shakespeare Festival: Brett Lagree’s GUY WORLD (world premiere). Lark Theatre/Barrow Group/New York Theater Workshop: David Simpatico’s BAD BLOOD. Sundance Theatre Institute: Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Schenkkan’s HANDLER.
Dallas Theater Center: AVENUE X (Best Production of a Musical, Dallas Drama Critics Circle).
Los Angeles Theater Center: JENKIN’S EAR with Martin Sheen and Fionnula Flanagan.
ACT Seattle: Tennessee Williams’ THE NOTEBOOK OF TRIGORIN (world premiere).
State Theater, Austin: John Walch’s THE DINOSAUR WITHIN (world premiere).
Great Lakes Theatre Festival: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, AS YOU LIKE IT and THE
TAMING OF THE SHREW (Ohio LIVE Award, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre).
Alabama Shakespeare Festival: AS YOU LIKE IT with Norbert Leo Butz.
Zephyr Theater, Los Angeles: THE LOVE SONGS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS.
Long Island Stage: Sam Shepard’s TRUE BLOOD.
North Carolina School of the Arts Professional Actor Training Program:
Masterclasses in directing and acting; directed productions of OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, SIX
CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, TRELAWNY OF THE WELLS, A MOON
FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, FALSETTOS, IDIOTS DELIGHT, 1776, MAJOR BARBARA,
University of Texas, Austin: CLOUD 9.
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music: THE CRUCIBLE.
Santa Clara University: ON THE RAZZLE.
Mr. Breault is an MFA graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Professional
Theatre Training Program (Lynne Meadow, Carl Weber, Zelda Fichandler, etc.) He is a member
in good standing of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Producers’ Guild and
the Writers Guild of America.