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As You Like It

Playing Orlando in this exciting musical reinvention of the classic Shakespearean gender-bender with San Francisco Shakespeare Company with songs by The Kilbanes is playing all of summer 2019! FREE performances at parks around the Bay Area.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly

Enacting the rake George Wickham in a private developmental reading of the latest draft of this new play from prolific and acclaimed playwright Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.

Bastiano, or the Transfiguration of Raffi

Performed a reading of this new play from the mind of playwright (and recent Artistic Director of ACT) Carey Perloff, under the direction of Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone in February of 2019. Details at Playwright's Foundation Rough Readings web page. 

TheatreWorks Writers' Retreat

Worked with acclaimed local rock opera writers The Kilbanes and playwright Lynn Rosen on their musical about Helen Gurley Brown and Betty Friedan the TheatreWorks Writer's Retreat in January of 2019.



If Men Breastfed

My short comic film for Naya Health about what the world would be like if men lactated has been viewed nearly 12 million times on Facebook alone. Check it out here.















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Michael Barrett Austin is a San Francisco Bay Area native who returned to stay after earning a BA from Whitman College and spending several years traversing the country, acting, writing, directing and exploring. In addition to being a member of (and frequent performer with) local companies Just Theater and PlayGround, Michael has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, SF Playhouse, Center Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage, 42nd Street Moon, Central Works, TheatreFIRST, and many others. Michael has also starred in several independent films, appeared on television series and been featured in many commercials and industrials. He maintains an alter ego as the Office Manager for the non-profit news site In his rare moments of spare time, Michael sings songs with his guitar and appreciates single malts, rare bourbons and experimenting with cocktails. He is married to a fantastic woman named Emily, and (as of September 3, 2015) is the father of a beautiful daughter named Lucille.

You can follow him in Instagram @michaelbarrettaustin.