Welcome to the official website for director Michael Strassen. After 20 years as an actor working in West End and top repertory theatre with such directors as Jonathan Kent, Nicholas Hytner, Gale Edwards and composers Stephen Sondheim, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Michel Legrand he was initially drawn into staging and directing for Ruthie Henshall's first one woman show at The Royal Festival Hall. Phillip Ridley's dark, controversial play 'The Pitchfork Disney' cemented his passion for directing honest and potent theatre.
Since then in venues ranging from The Theatre Royal, Haymarket to London's premiere fringe venue, The Union Theatre he has covered Sondheim's Broadway pizzazz of 'Company' to the questioning 'Assassins' as well as pop classic 'Godspell' and reinvented to much acclaim 'The Baker's Wife' and 'The Fix'.
In November 2012, Michael was honoured to be nominated for a bursary by Blanche Marvin MBE at the Peter Brook Awards for his body of work.
The Stage awarded The Union Theatre Fringe Theatre of the Year in January 2013.