Producing Artistic Director
Michael Baron is the Producing Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. At Lyric, he directed WHEN YOU WISH, I AM MY OWN WIFE, an ASL-integrated production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with Adam Heller, DREAMGIRLS, MANN…AND WIFE (world premiere), BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR (world premiere), BIG FISH with David Elder and Tony-nominee Emily Skinner, OKLAHOMA!, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Tony-nominee Dee Hoty, LES MISERABLES, TRIANGLE, BIG RIVER, TARZAN, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, CALL ME MADAM with Tony-winner Beth Leavel, SPRING AWAKENING, RAGTIME, OLIVER!, BOEING BOEING, ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, DECEMBER DIVAS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and the annual production of LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (also adapted). He has directed over 85 productions at theaters across the country including the current production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Other regional directing highlights include- Zach Theatre: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, SPRING AWAKENING; Signature Theatre: THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Signature at the Music Center at Strathmore) starring Tony-winner Alice Ripley, Tony-nominee Brian D’Arcy James, Emmy-nominee Titus Burgess, Laura Griffith and music direction by Jason Robert Brown, THE SEX HABITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN; Adventure Theatre: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, the world premiere musical BIG NATE, STUART LITTLE, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN; Goodspeed Musicals: MEET JOHN DOE; Washington Savoyards: THE MUSIC MAN; Trinity Repertory: THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. NYC: Off-Broadway and National Tour: NICE JEWISH GIRLS GONE BAD, MISS RICHFIELD’S HIGH HAIR, HIGH HOPES, HYGIENE; La Mama: THE WHORE OF SHERIDAN SQUARE (wrote and directed, published in anthology Plays and Playwrights 2006), MODERN LIVING. NEA: 2010-2015 Poetry Out Loud National Competition Finals with hosts, John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington, and Anna Deavere Smith. Teaching: American University, Brown University, Holy Cross College, and Rhode Island College. Michael received a NEA/TCG Directing grant and he has been a theatre grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Training: B.A. in Theatre Arts, Wake Forest University; MFA in Directing, Trinity Repertory Conservatory. Michael served as the Associate Director of Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia-winner of the 2009 Regional Theatre TONY Award. Michael received the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical in Washington, D.C. for Adventure Theatre’s production of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. In 2016, he received the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service and a special award for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF from the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns. He is currently vice-president of the board of directors for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.