Michael Strassen

Off-West End Award

Best Director Billy & Best Production Assassins

After 25 years as an actor working in West End and top repertory theatre with such directors as Nicholas Hytner, Jonathan Kent, Gale Edwards and composers Stephen Sondheim, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Michel Legrand, Michael 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.

Michael has directed in such venues as The Theatre Royal, Haymarket; St James’ Theatre; Cadogan Hall; The Royal Festival Hall; The Lyric Theatre HKAPA, Hong Kong; De Montfort Hall, Leicester; The Greenwich Theatre; Union Theatre; Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud; Indigo O2; The Hippodrome, London; C Venues, Edinburgh; Customs House, Tyneside; St James’ Theatre Studio and Royce Hall, Los Angeles