Michael Skipper has been a veteran producer of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions for nearly three decades. He has produced and or participated in over 40 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End (London) productions to date. He won the 2008 Tony Award for Best New Musical for IN THE HEIGHTS (13 nominations including, Tony Award winner; Best New Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, Best Orchestration). Other Broadway credits include THE CRUCIBLE, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play, (Drama League Award for a Distinguished Production of a Revival), ON THE WATERFRONT, PLAY ON!, and THE CIVIL WAR to name a few. He’s also participated in a variety of other Broadway shows including RENT, AVENUE Q, DAMN YANKEES, SEUSSICAL, WHITE CHRISTMAS, and TABOO (with Boy George in both the London and Broadway productions), and many others. He has also produced several award winning off-Broadway shows including: IN THE HEIGHTS, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, BAT BOY (Best Musical Off-Broadway), COBB, (Co-Produced with Kevin Spacey, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble), SHOCKHEADED PETER, Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY, and NECESSARY TARGETS. These are just a short list of many his Off-Broadway productions. Michael also won an ASCAP award for Joe Diffie’s hit country song “A Night To Remember”, through his Nashville music publishing company, Gramily Music Publishing.
Michael has been working in various aspects of show business virtually his entire life. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech & Drama from Texas Wesleyan University. He began an acting career immediately after graduating with touring shows of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SOUTH PACIFIC, and WAIT UNTIL DARK. His subsequent move to California jump-started his television career with stints on GENERAL HOSPITAL, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and prime time dramas such as HART TO HART, FALCON CREST, DALLAS, and WALKER, TEXAS RANGER to name a few. He began directing and producing in L.A. and soon moved back to his “home base” in Texas to pursue a more focused career in those areas. While in Texas some of his film credits include: JFK, directed by Oliver Stone and Pancho Barnes with Valerie Bertinelli, as well as many national and regional commercials.
Along with AEA, SAG, AFTRA, Michael is also a member of ASCAP and the Broadway League. He is also a National Arts Associate with SIGMA ALPHA IOTA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of RATTLESTICK THEATRE COMPANY in New York City and CASA MANANA in Fort Worth, Texas.