2021 Full-Length Play Festival

Adjudicator: Michael Clipperton 

In a career that spans more years than he cares to remember, Michael has been an actor, singer, designer, producer, writer, drama teacher, adjudicator and university lecturer.  He holds an Honours Degree in Theatre (York), a Bachelor of Education (UofT) and a Masters Degree in Drama and Education (UofT).   He is a member of the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University (Orillia).  As an actor, Michael has portrayed such diverse characters as "Abner" in Li'l Abner, "Clifford" in Deathtrap, "Narrator/Mysterious Man" in Into the Woods, and "Dr. Framingham" in Beyond Therapy.  He has designed sets for several productions, including Spamalot, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Leaving Home and Guys and Dolls, (THEA award for best set design).  As a Playwright, Michael has written several one-act plays including Eight Short Play About Mary McKay, The Next Act, and Conversations With Myself, as well as a full-length play, Re-Generation.  MIchael's favourite role in the theatre is that of "director".  Some favourite directing projects are Spamalot, Vanya, Sonja, Masha and Spike, Anything Goes, Musical Musicals: Sullivan To Sondherim, (which he also co-wrote), The Importance of Being Earnest, Company, and Anne of Green Gables (THEA award for best direction).  Michael is the Outreach Coordinator for SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural/Remote Communities), and the Artistic Consultant for Rural Rogues Productions, a theatre collective based in Haliburton.  He also leads workshops in directing and playwriting and is a member of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank.  Michael is also a long-time member of the Toronto Mendelsshon Choir.  When not in a classroom, rehearsal hall or theatre, Michael can be found on his dock with a book in one hand and an adult beverage in the other.  Michael believes that the most important word in Community Theatre" is "community".