Micah Stock ’11, a Tony-nominated actor, known for his debut role in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, recently moved on to the big (and small) screen. Stock earned a role in Showtime’s (2018) mini series Escape at Dannemora, directed by Ben Stiller, and based on the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape. Stock is also cast in Amazon Studios’ star-studded romantic comedy Life Itself, released in 2018, as well as in the independent film Brittany Runs a Marathon, starring Jillian Bell.
Micah Stock made his Broadway debut alongside the legendary actors Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, and F. Murray Abraham, a performance that earned him a Tony nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play—the only Tony nomination the play received.
“It does feel pretty surreal to see myself on a poster alongside those names—actors to whom I’ve looked up for years,” he says. “When I thought about what my career might look like three years out of Purchase…I just wanted to be WORKING. That’s gift enough in this profession.”
Stock earned his Equity card when his professional career began six months after he graduated, under esteemed director Kip Fagan. “I gave a good audition, but I do think part of the reason I got the job was the working relationship Kip and I had built at Purchase,” Stock says.
Fagan had been a lecturer in dramatic writing and directed Stock and his student company in an evening of new plays by seniors in the dramatic writing program. The proximity of Purchase to New York City affords the students the opportunity to work with faculty who are leading professionals in their disciplines. Fagan is a fixture on the downtown theatre scene.