Michael Bell is an actor from North Saanich and Victoria, British Columbia, land belonging to the WSÁNEĆ, Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
For Michael, acting is all about following your curiosity, feeding the imagination, and giving over to our natural love of play. He feels compelled to engage in work that challenges the assumed structures of society, in particular stories told by dissenting voices and the chronically underrepresented.
Prior to NTS, Michael has worked with a number of theatre and production companies including the Belfry Theatre, Puente Theatre, Launch Pad Theatre, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, Bema Productions, and Theatre Inconnu. He can be seen on camera playing Ollie in Less Bland Production’s sitcom webseries Ollie and Emma.
Michael is currently teaching youth acting classes at Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Performing Arts Studio.
While at the National Theatre School, Michael worked with many inspiring instructors and artists including Rebecca Harper (Movement, Expressive Mask), Laurel Thompson and Jo Jo Rideout (Voice), Douglas Price (Solo and Choral Singing), Ian Watson (Shakespeare), David Latham (Neutral Mask), Graeme Somerville (Shaw Scene Study), Jackie Maxwell (Chekhov Scene Study), Brenda Bazinet (Naturalism Scene Study), Anita Nittoly and John Stead (Stage Combat), as well as Quincy Armorer, Fiona Byrne, Arianna Bardesono, Deborah Hay, Zach Fraser, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Adam Lazarus and Jay Turvey.
Productions at NTS include The Game (dir. Angelica Schwartz), Nell Gwynn (dir. Krista Jackson), Burning Vision (dir. Mike Payette), Romeo and Juliet (dir. Danielle Irvine) and Love and Information (dir. Alisa Palmer).
Related Skills: Stage Combat: unarmed, rapier, case, rapier and dagger
Accents: Scottish, British RP
Height: 5’11’’ | Vocal range: Baritone | Hair colour: Light brown | Eye colour: Blue