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Michi Barall

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance

Michi Barall is a New York City-based actor, playwright and academic. As an actor, Michi has appeared in new plays by Julia Cho, Philip Kan Gotanda, A.R. Gurney, John Guare, Naomi Iizuka, Han Ong, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Charles Mee, Sarah Schulman, Anna Deavere Smith, Diana Son, Lloyd Suh, Regina Taylor, Doug Wright and Chay Yew, among others. Michi’s dance-theatre piece, Rescue Me, was produced at the Ohio Theatre by Ma-Yi in 2010. Her adaptation of Peer Gynt, entitled Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band, premiered in 2107, at the ART/NY Theatre. Recently, Michi co-wrote the short films Sophocles in Staten Island and its follow up Odets in Staten Island with Sung Rno, directed by Jack Tamburri and produced by Ma-Yi Studio. She is currently a Mellon Foundation Generation Now grantee under commission for a new play for multigenerational audiences. 

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Michi holds degrees from Stanford University (AB), NYU (MFA, Grad Acting) and Columbia University (PhD,Theatre/English & Comparative Literature). Her academic work focuses on commercial theatre and spectacle entertainments, modern Asian and Asian American theatre, disability theatre and animal performance. She has taught at Columbia University, NYU and MIT. She is currently on the faculty at Purchase College in New York.