Michael Samuel Kaplan

Michael Samuel Kaplan

Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre Arts
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Acting
Phone:(607) 274-1365
E-mail:mskaplan@ithaca.edu
Office: Dillingham Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Michael’s west coast stage credits include Sight Unseen, The Unvarnished Truth, The Substance of Fire, Castaway, Dylan, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

His Chicago credits include Unfinished Business, The Radio Play, Pie: New Plays in Your Face, and Breaking the Code.

Michael currently resides in New York City. Recent Off-Broadway and regional credits include Opus and the premiere of At A Loss at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, the American premiere of Kevin Rice's Oblomov at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, the premiere of Saviana Stanescu's Ants at New Jersey Repertory, the New York City premiere of A Splintered Soul at West 43rd Street's Theater Three, the premiere production of Family Time at Manhattan Theatre Source, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at The Hangar Theatre, Intimate Apparel at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina, Craig Lucas’ adaptation of Miss Julie at Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theatre and a one-person performance in the premiere of Donald Yonker's Deer Season at both New Jersey Repertory and The Players’ Loft in Greenwich Village.

From 2008 to 2011, Michael served as an Artist-in-Residence and Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University. His credits in the Schwartz Performing Arts Center’s 2008 – 2011 seasons include the regional American premieres of God’s Ear and The History Boys, as well as Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The Government Inspector, Our Town and Moliere's Those Learned Ladies. In the winter of 2011, he directed Cornell students in a studio production of The Author’s Voice by Richard Greenberg.

In the summer of 2010, Michael and Professor Melanie Dreyer-Lude led a group of undergraduates from Cornell on a service-learning trip to Africa. There, they conducted theatre workshops for students and refugees throughout Uganda, and initiated a collaboration with Ndere, a professional performing arts company in Kampala.

For seven summers, Michael has served as Director of the Acting Program and for three summers as Creative Director for the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) at their summer campuses in Massachusetts and Vermont.

His television credits include Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell and Law & Order.

He received his training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama, American Conservatory Theatre, and UCLA. Post conservatory, he studied with private instructors Milton Katselas, Jeffrey Tambor, Nina Foch and Nikolai Guzov.

He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. 

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