Producing Artistic Director
MICHAEL BARON (Producing Artistic Director) At Lyric, he directed Master Class, Grease, Frost/Nixon, Titanic, Singin’ in the Rain, Bright Star, When We’re Gone (World Premiere), Freaky Friday, Fun Home, Disney’s When You Wish, James and the Giant Peach, I Am My Own Wife, Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof, 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 with Tony-nominee Dee Hoty, Les Misérables, 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 95 productions at theaters across the country including the current production of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in D.C. Other regional directing highlights include – ZACH Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher, Spring Awakening; Signature Theatre: The Little Laughed, Songs for a New World starring Tony-winner Alice Ripley, Tony-nominee Brian D’Arcy James, Emmy-nominee Titus Burgess and direction by Jason Robert Brown; Adventure Theatre: Huck Finn’s Big River (World Premiere), James and the Giant Peach (2017 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Direction), the world premiere musical Big Nate; Goodspeed Musicals: Meet John Doe; Trinity Repertory Company: The School for Scandal. La Mama: The Whore of Sheridan Square (wrote and directed, published in anthology Plays and Playwrights 2006). NEA: 2010-2022 Poetry Out Loud National Competition Finals with hosts: John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington, and Anna Deavere Smith. Teaching: American, Brown, Holy Cross and Rhode Island. Michael has been a theatre grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Training: B.A. in Theatre Arts, Wake Forest; MFA in Directing, Trinity Repertory Conservatory. Michael served as the Associate Director of Signature Theatre in Virginia – winner of the 2009 Regional Theatre TONY Award. Michael received the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical in D.C. for Adventure Theatre’s production of A Year with Frog and the Toad, 2016 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award and a special award from Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities Concerns and the Yad B’Yad, Hand in Hand Award from the Jewish Federation of OKC. He is an emeritus board member for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, member of Oklahoma City’s Rotary Club 29 and serves on the Oklahoma Arts Institute Theatre Advisory Panel and the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day committee.