Michael Kantor was Artistic Director of Malthouse Theatre from 2005 to 2010.

For Malthouse he directed productions of SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE HAM FUNERAL, NOT LIKE BECKETT, JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR, BABES IN THE WOOD, the Wesfarmers Arts Commission THE ODYSSEY for the Melbourne and Perth International Arts Festivals, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (with Victorian Opera), VAMPWOYZECKOPTIMISM (with STC, Sydney Festival and Edinburgh International Festival), HAPPY DAYSELIZABETH – ALMOST BY CHANCE A WOMANTHE THREEPENNY OPERA (with STC), and A GOLEM STORY.

Michael’s work as a director covers several fields, including the devising of new works, including EXCAVATION for the 1996 Adelaide Festival and NATURAL LIFE for the 1998 Adelaide Festival and Playbox Theatre Company. The latter was also presented as NATURAL LIFE 2 in 1999 at the Lincoln Centre in New York. He has directed several new plays including LENZ for the 1996 Melbourne International Arts Festival,MEAT PARTY for Playbox and HOWARD KATZ for the Sydney Theatre Company. Among classic dramatic works, Michael has directed THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLEMACBETHTHE HAM FUNERAL and UBU for Belvoir.

He has also worked with opera, directing THE BURROW for the 1994 Perth Festival and, for the 2000 Adelaide Festival, MOON FESTIVAL FEASTING, which later toured to Melbourne, Berlin, Zurich and Tokyo. Michael directed Chunky Move’s 2003 Melbourne Festival production TENSE DAVE, which toured to the Sydney and Perth festivals and New York, and has collaborated with Barrie Kosky’s Gilgul Theatre, performing in THE DYBBUKES BRENTTHE WILDERNESS ROOM and THE OPERATED JEW.

Michael is currently developing a new feature film THE BOY CASTAWAYS and is adapting KING LEAR into two Indigenous languages towards a new stage production, to be titled THE SHADOW KING.


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