Michael Thomas Walker (he/him) is the Chair of The Department of Theatre and an Associate Professor of Acting and Voice at the University of Montevallo. He received an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama.
University of Montevallo theatre directing credits include A New Brain, Septic, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Urinetown, Much Ado About Nothing and Clybourne Park. Other directing credits include Hairspray, The 39 Steps, God of Carnage, SIDD with the New Light Theatre Project in NYC, and the award winning solo play BIOHAZARD. His next directing project is Best of Enemies at Theatre Tuscaloosa.
As an actor, he has performed in NYC with The New Light Theater Project, The Weasel Festival, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Guerrilla Theater, Boomerang Theater Company, and the national tours of Hairspray playing Edna Turnblad and Seussical the Musical as Horton the Elephant. He recently performed at Red Mountain Theatre as a part of their Human Rights Festival in the new musical Bar Mitzvah in Birmingham.
Michael was a finalist for the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony Playwriting Residency and is a recipient of the Wildacres Playwriting Residency. His interview based solo show, BUBBA, received the Best Variety Show Award in the United Solo Festival, Best Solo Performance Award for the Planet Connections Festival and was recently performed on NPR’s “Tales From The South”. His film and television appearances include Boardwalk Empire, Dirty Little Secret, Now That’s Cute, and Non-Stop.
He is also co-author of the play Canfield Drive which received its world premiere production at The Black Rep in St. Louis in 2019. Canfield Drive is a play about the murder of Michael Brown and the Black Lives Matter Movement. The show was also performed as part of the National Black Theatre Festival.
In the summer of 2022 Michael co-produced a production of the play MARROW by Brian Quirk Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatre. That production then transferred to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Michael currently serves on the executive committee of the Acting Focus Group for ATHE and is a member of the Homewood Arts Council.