Michael J. Moynihan is the co-founder of Milwaukee Public Theatre.
His current contribution to Milwaukee Renaissance: Martin Luther King Jr.
Michael John Moynihan was born in New Berlin,Wisconsin. and has worked as an actor, director, producer, playwright, designer, composer, lyricist, graphic artist, journalist, cartoonist, mask & prop artisan, manager, administrator and teacher. In 1973 he co-founded Milwaukee Public Theatre (then named Friends Mime Theatre) and has been involved in the creation and production of more than 200 original theatrical productions, revues and video works with the company as well as independently
A graduate of Carroll College, Michael also conducted advanced studies at UWMadison and at Trinity College. He has worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre as an instructor and a director, and has also worked with Theatre X, the Skylight Comic Opera, Discovery World Museum, Paradox Studio Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, ArtReach Milwaukee, Milwaukee Playwrights Theater, the Wisconsin Music Theatre, the Lake Placid Playhouse, Theatre Playhouse of British Columbia, Pink Banana Theatre and Bunny Gumbo’s Combat Theatre.
In the 1970’s his short independent films were honored and exhibited at festivals in North America, Europe and Asia. He continues to work in video and media arts. Michael received the first New Mediaworks Fellowship awarded by the Wisconsin Arts Board as well an Artist’s Fellowship for Playwriting
As an artist in residence and creativity consultant, he has worked in schools and communities throughout the state, and has been a teacher and instructor in the Milwaukee Public Schools, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Art Center (now Museum), and the First Stage Academy. His creative work has been supported by numerous grants,fellowships, corporate gifts and individuals contributions.