Michael W. Catlin – BIOGRAPHY
Michael has written and sold motion picture screenplays, including: The Enchantment which was bought by Universal Pictures and The Burnbaum/Winkler Company in 1987; and, an adaptation of Isabel Allende’s short story ‘Walimai’ entitled Children of the Moon, in partnership with TVC – Communicazione Telavisia, Italy. His current project (His 9th full length Screenplay) I Remember You; follows the journey of Arthur, a 70+ year old man who has a form of Dementia in which he hallucinates his dead wife and travels from Denver, Colorado to the Santa Monica pier with her to reconnect with what was true about his life. Michael has written for the theater, television, commercial copy, and is a freelance Show Designer and Imagineer.
He has worked as a Reader and Story Analysis for production companies in the film and television business, and coached screenwriters with their own projects. Client’s Include: Ted Danson and Anasazi Productions, The Edward Feldman company, Scott Rudin Productions, Stockton Briggle Productions, TDF Productions, Jabberwocky Productions, Dan Fauci Productions and Cima Productions.
As an actor, Michael has worked before the camera in Europe and America, and appeared in over 300 episodes of the CBS daytime series Capitol. His stage credits include the critically acclaimed Palace of the End; an Open at the Top/49th Parallel production at the NoHo Art Center in Los Angeles for which he received a 2007 Los Angeles Weekly Theater Award for Best Solo Performance, 365 Plays in 365 Days by Susan Lori-Parks at CTG/Shakespeare L.A., the West Coast premier of Seth Greenland’s Jerusalem, and the world premiere of The Ghost and Ms. Muir. His numerous Los Angeles and regional stage credits include roles at the Mark Taper Forum, the Odyssey, The Colony, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Denver Center Theater Company in Denver, Colorado.
Michael was a founding member and member emeritus of the multi-award winning NoHo Ace Theater Company in Los Angeles, where he was also the company Literary Manager. His short play; The Porter and the Man in the Chair, was performed in early 2008 as part of Departures at the NoHo Art Center where it received positive mentions from the L.A. Times and the Daily Variety.
His one man show; Bad Dad is an exploration of the Law of Unintended Consequences in the raising of one’s child, set against the back drop of childhood leukemia; and, alternating between hilarity and poignant personal insight, Bad Dad is a coming-of-age-story of how to raise a parent.
Since moving to Denver in 2010, Michael has worked at the Denver Center Theater Company in productions of Dracula, Mid Summer Night’s Dream, The Catch and Superior Donuts.
Michael teaches workshops in Story Development at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and coaches writers in the creative development of their projects in person, online and over the phone.