Michael Hitchcock

Michael Hitchcock

I am an actor, a writer, and a thinker (among other things). Here's a tiny slice of how I came to be these things. At some point, after much varied learning and many diverse experiences I am choosing to leave out of this bio (just the broad strokes!), I took off to live in Europe for two+ years as an illegal immigrant organic farmer/florists assistant/monkey tender/accidental member of a cult/etc. etc. I had the chance to sample many different kinds of lives and to fit in with many different kinds of people. The effect on my acting, my writings, and my thinking ought to be obvious. Since my return to this country in 07, I have continued developing these three interests.

If I like the role, I am committed to it. I play it with conviction appropriate to the medium we are playing with. I have successfully made the adjustments necessary to give sincere performances on stage, on screen, and in on-the-street, in your face live theatre. My most prominent role has been as the lead in "The Shifty Planet of Dr. Strange" which is just now in the festival circuit. Some of my other favorite roles include Zangara in Assassins, and my own son from fifty years in the future in an experimental five day long 24hour a day performance art piece called: "Michael Hitchcock: Man of the Future." Here's a fun piece where I play the director and the auditioner.

I have served several clients as a tutor/writing teacher. I have also edited cover letters and essays. In both writing roles, my focus is on asking the right questions so that the writer's individual voice becomes clear. As I tell almost every client I work with, think about what you want to say and then write it as if speaking to a friend. If you focus on the ideas and let the writing take care of itself, you will have a much stronger first draft than if you try to "sound like a writer." You can find two of my stories online: here and here

I can examine any subject or endeavour with a fresh eye. My speciality is synthesis and comparison; understanding why ideas are not actually in opposition, but rather what greater idea they are all part of together.