Michael John Ciszewski

Actor, Writer & Performance Artist

Michael John (he/him) is a queer actor, writer, and performance artist born, raised, and returned to New York City after launching his career in Boston and London.

Celebrated as “one of the most promising young actors on the Boston theatre scene” by digBoston, he has performed across area stages including Huntington Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company, SpeakEasy Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Umbrella Stage Company, Apollinaire Theatre, Hub Theatre Company, and Flat Earth Theatre.

Ciszewski’s work as a solo performer is rooted in queer experience and healing, gleefully journeying across genres as sundry as solo theatre, stand-up, storytelling, and ritual. His debut solo show Everyone is Dying and So Am I premiered in July 2019 and has enjoyed sold-out performances in Boston and at New York City’s United Solo Theatre Festival—spotlighting the best in international solo performance—where it was subsequently nominated for the festival’s audience award. His second solo project The Sun is Sleeping, a full-length original film composed in isolation, was screened in virtual theatrical events from late 2020 into 2021, with all proceeds compensating a company of collaborators from across the United States. The full project is now available to stream online. His third solo show Lovefool premiered with a sold-out work-in-progress performance in June 2022 at Jersey City Theatre Center. In December 2022, it packed raucous, rapt houses in Boston (The Rockwell) and New York City (Asylum NYC) and earned raves from critics and audiences alike. Lovefool continues winning hearts through 2023 and is available for booking now.

Michael is a member of the staff of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College’s Office of the Arts. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a proud graduate of Boston University’s B.F.A. Theatre Arts program. Find him at xomichaeljohn.com—or @xomichaeljohn, wherever social media happens.

Productions at New Rep

Production Role
New Rep Presents Love Weekend
Actor & Performance Artist