Michael Miller is a playwright, librettist, director and actor who divides his time between New York City and the Berkshires. He is Artistic and Managing Director of The Arts Press, a producing organization fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas which presents readings, fully staged plays, concerts, exhibitions, and multi-media events in both places. Its two publications, New York Arts and Hudson-Housatonic Arts offer articles, reviews, and interviews about all the arts, especially drama, opera, music and art.
Miller’s solo play, Transfiguration, won the award for Best One-Man Drama at the 2018 United Solo Festival. He has also written a three-act play, All Souls, a one-act comedy, Leonard and Bud, a solo version of a play, Lenz’s Melancholy, inspired by Büchner’s short story, “Lenz,” and is at work on English translation/adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, a full-length play, Breezewood, about a group of Evangelical truckers, and a screenplay, A Lady of the Mountains.
He was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, and the North American Opera Journal, as well as the revised entry on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music.
He has taught courses in the Classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. In addition to many articles in New York Arts and Hudson-Housatonic Arts, he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L’Italia, a book and exhibition shown in Rome, Milan, Turin, and New York.
His libretto for Midi, has given him an opportunity to revisit the work of one of the ancient Greek dramatists he most admires, Euripides, to explore mythology, and the discover a new culture, that of the French Lesser Antilles, with its rich traditions in religion and magic, myth-making, and music.