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Michael is Executive Director of WestWords a literature development organisation in Western Sydney. From 2006–09 he was director of the Brisbane Writers Festival. As a writer/editor he has, in 2010, edited the writings of the movement teacher Keith Bain, Keith Bain on Movement (Currency House 2010, Oberon Books UK 2015) and in 2004 Opera Australia presented the opera Madeline Lee, which he co-wrote and directed and which earned seven Helpmann Awards nominations. He was a principal dancer with West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Oper der Stadt Köln, and since 1995 has worked as an artistic director, artistic co-ordinator, literary events manager, librettist, director and choreographer. In his role as director and choreographer Michael has worked for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Bell Shakespeare Co and Griffin Theatre Company amongst others.