Michael Donovan is one of a tiny handful of casting directors in Hollywood who specialize in live theater and as such, he is a very, very busy man.
Michael Donovan is one of a tiny handful of casting directors in Hollywood who specialize in live theater and as such, he is a very, very busy man. After earning his degree in theater arts from the prestigious St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Michael began his acting career in New York, where he found considerable success both on stage and on camera. At the urging of various friends and mentors “in the know”, he decided to leave New York back in the ‘80s in favor of the greater film and television opportunities afforded actors in L.A.
Michael Donovan has served on the national boards of the AIGA, SEGD, National Design Center, and The Art Directors Club, and as an advisor to the Aspen Design Conference. He is currently on the boards of governors of Parsons School of Design and the Municipal Arts Society. Throughout his creative career, he has received recognition and awards for branding solutions, information design, and environmental design. He was recognized in Richard Saul Wurman’s 1000 Most Creative People in America. He is an NEA Fellow and received the Christian Petersen Award for Creativity from Iowa State University, his first alma mater, where he serves as an advisor to the Design College. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. In 2014, both Nancye Green and Michael Donovan were awarded the AIGA Medal, awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services, or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication.
Michael Donovan teaches acting at UCLA and offers occasional seminars elsewhere throughout the year. Find out more about this very popular casting director at .