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Michael Costello, M.F.A.

Michael Costello

Michael served as Head of Acting at Texas State from 2006-2014.  He joined the faculty at Texas State University in 2001 having previously taught graduate acting at the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and in the FSU graduate Film Conservatory.  In addition, he has taught at the University of Texas-Austin, Virginia Commonwealth University, and St. Edwards University.

Michael earned his MFA Degree in directing from Southern Methodist University, and a BFA Degree in acting from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has also studied with Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, Stephen Wangh, Maria Aitken, Marjorie Barstow, and Richard Schechner, among others.

Still a working professional, Michael has acted in over 30 films and television shows.  Most notably, Michael was a series regular on the NBC series seaQuest and seaQuest 2032, playing Secretary General McGath for 2 seasons.  He also starred in the PBS series The Real Adventures of Sherlock Jones and Proctor Watson.  Most recently Michael was seen in the NBC series Revolution.  He was also in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning HBO film Temple Grandin with Claire Danes, and in an episode of Friday Night Lights on NBC.

On stage, Michael has had a distinguished career as an actor, performing in a variety of works from Shakespeare to Beckett, from Simon to Wilde in New York and regional theatres.  Some roles from the last couple of years include Lear in King Lear, Duke Senior and Duke Frederick in As You Like It, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman.

At Texas State, Michael has directed A Streetcar Named Desire, Into the Woods, The Cherry Orchard, Electra, The Servant of Two Masters, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, which was selected to perform at the KCACTF Regional Festival and subsequently was nominated for the KCACTF National Festival at the Kennedy Center.   He also directed The Night of the Iguana, The Rover, The Learned Ladies, Metamorphoses, the musical Chicago, and Death of a Salesman with Larry Hovis (Hogan’s Heroes) as Willy Loman.  An award winning director, Michael has directed a wide variety of plays, The Glass Menagerie at TexArts, All’s Well That Ends Well, Romeo & Juliet, Equus (starring David Birney), Twelfth Night and A View from the Bridge, and Hedda Gabler to name a few. 

In our curriculum, Michael teaches BFA Acting I (including Physicalization, a physical approach to acting he developed and has taught at acting studios around the country), BFA Acting II (mask, commedia, clown, and devising comic material, as well as Viewpoints and Laban).  In addition, he teaches Acting Realism, and TV/Film Performance.