» Michael E. Nehring

College of Performing Arts; Department of Theatre
Michael E. Nehring
Acting and Movement
Office Location:
Moulton Hall 224
California State University, Fresno, Bachelor of Arts
University of Oregon, Master of Science in Theatre Arts

Professor Michael Nehring is an accomplished actor, director, teacher, and choreographer. Michael is a founding member of several successful theatre companies, most recently Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles. For Son of Semele, he played Napoleon in the Ovation Award winning musical Animal Farm. As a founding member of Shakespeare Orange County, Michael has been seen as Iago in Othello, Touchstone in As You Like It, Horatio in Hamlet (Dramalogue Award), Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, the Fool in King Lear, Autolycus in Winter's Tale, Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar, Feste in Twelfth Night, Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, a witch in Macbeth  and as Caliban in The Tempest Michael was also a founding member of the award-winning Friends and Artists Theatre Ensemble (FATE)in Los Angeles. For FATE he appeared as the Herald in Marat-Sade (L.A. Weekly Award, Dramalogue Award), Semyon in The Suicide (Dramalogue Award), and Precious in Dolores and Her Loved Ones.Other roles include La Flech in The Miser and Pippin in Pippin at the Gem Theatre. He spent four seasons as a leading player with the Hollywood Theatre Ensemble in Pennsylvania and performed in over twenty musicals. He can be seen in the lead role of the 1998 feature film release Celestial Rhapsody, which was featured at the Berlin Film Festival.

Directing and choreography credits include If I Should Die Before I Wake, La Mirada Civic; West Side Story, San Jose Civic Light Opera; Looking Glass, Laughing Horse Repertory - Washington; Mame, the Gem Theatre; The Threepenny Opera, FATE and A Shakespearean Christmas for Shakespeare Orange County. Michael has served as an on-camera acting coach for The Disney Channel and for Sal Romeo Workshops in Los Angeles during the last fifteen years.  He was awarded Chapman University Faculty of the Year in 1990 and a Chapman University Excellence in Creative Activity Award in 2000.

Directing credits at Chapman include: The Crucible, She Loves Me, The Creation, Cloud Nine, The Grapes of Wrath, Hair, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Playboy of the Western World, The Bacchae, Animal Farm, The Fantasticks, Brigadoon, Oklahoma and Die Fledermaus.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
I was hired, again, to perform in a fundraisng production of IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles starring Laura Dern, Common, Gary Cole, and Annette Benning. The production was directed by Chapman University Theatre Associate Professor John Benitz. May, 2015
I was hired by Chapman University and Pacific Symphony "Shakespeare Re-Imagined" program to create a performance of scenes from Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM to be performed with Mendelssohn's MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM conducted by Associate Professor Daniel Wachs.
I was hired, under an Actor's Equity union contract, to perform Friar Laurence in Shakespeare Orange County's summer 2015 production of ROMEO AND JULIET, co-directed by John Walcutt and Mike Peebler.
Directed Terrence McNally's THE WIBBLY WOBBLY DANCE THAT CLEOPATERER DID for the Chapman Universtiy McNally festival in April, 2014.
Performed in a fundraising production of IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles starring Laura Dern, Ken Howard, and Gary Cole. The production was directed by Chapman University Theatre Professor John Benitz. I played three characters. June, 2014
I was hired to play Friar Laurence under an Actor's Equity union contract, for a production of ROMEO AND JULIET for Shakespeare Orange County to be directed by the new artistic director John Walcutt.
AWARDS: 1. LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS AWARD: OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE- for my performance as Abram in Son of Semele Ensemble production of OUR CLASS. 2. LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS AWARD: OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE- for my part of the ensemble work in Son of Semele Ensemble production of OUR CLASS.
Taught Master Class for Portland Shakespeare Project, Portland, Oregon: CHEKOV PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES FOR SHAKESPEARES CHARACTERS, 19-23 June, 2013
Directed a staged reading of THE TAMER TAMED for the Portland Shakespeare Project, Portland, Oregon June/July 2013
Performed Abram, OUR CLASS, Son of Semele Theatre, Los Angeles, Feb-May 2013
Associate Artistic Director, Director of Education, Portland Shakepeare Project, Portland, Oregon October 2012- August 2013
Performed Benedick, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespeare Orange County at La Mirada Civic Theatre, November 2012