Michael Cherrie is an Actor, Acting Teacher / Acting Coach, Voice-Over Artist, Director.
His career highlights include Producing, Writing, Choreography and Dramaturgy for Theatre and Film. Michael received his professional training for the stage and screen at The National Theatre Conservatory’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts where he was seen in productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Oberon/Theseus), GB Shaw’s Arms and the Man (Capt. Bluntschli) and John Guare’s Landscape of the Body (Raulito/Dope King). He also did an intensive in acting, voice, and speech with The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting.
His Film and TV credits include: The Final Passage (Michael Preston) for UK’s Channel 4; The Mystic Masseur (Man in the Yellow Suit) for Merchant Ivory Films; Angel in a Cage (Marvin) for Telefilm Canada; Flight of the Ibis (Zack LeReau) for JoMox productions – now Tritan Northstar Entertainment (aired on Showtime channel); Westwood Park (Roy Sutherland) for Earth TV; Sistagod I and II (Father Devine) for Caribeing Films; Pennywise (Pennywise) for the NYU Film program, The Ghost of Hing King Estate (Sgt. Alfred) for Six Point/TV6 productions, The Reef (Richard King) for Caribbean New Media Group, The Smallest River in Almirante, Limbo for SF/Norge, No Soca, No Life for The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, DuBois, Noka: Keeper of Worlds, The Lies We Tell, Home Invasion, The Deliverer, Sampson’s Heart, She Paradise, Home Again for Telefilm Canada and currently working on Three and a Half Brothers for Caribbeing Films; Smallest River in Almarante (Grassy Slope Films) Rise and Fall of John Tesoro Featuring Gerry Bednob.
He has also appeared in several television commercials – from KFC to Stag to First Citizen’s Bank to Enfagrow to BMobile.
He has also been part of award-winning public service announcements, voiced numerous radio commercials and worked with educational theatre companies such as Arts-in-Action and Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s Theatre-in-Education company.
He is a recipient of the Best Supporting Actor Cacique Award for excellence in theatre in 1995 for his work playing ‘Batricio’ in Derek Walcott’s The Joker of Seville, and also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Ti-Jean and His Brothers” (1995), nominated for Best Actor for “Endgame” (1996), “I, Marcus Garvey” (1997), “The 3 Canal Bachannal Show” (2007) and “Shine” (2008).
He was also awarded a Pioneer in Film Award in 2013 by The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
Michael also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production with Theatre Arts from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
Other Theatre Credits Include:
The Player’s Workshop production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus (Dr. Martin Dysart) in association with The Actors’ Lab Trinidad,
The UTT-Academy for the Performing Arts’ productions of Derek Walcott’s The Odyssey (‘Blind’ Billy Blue) and Marvin Ishmael’s Look Twice,
It’s Your Wife (Bloods),
Fifth Business’ production of Derek Walcott’s Pantomime (Jackson Phillip),
Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s production of Dennis Scott’s An Echo in the Bone (Stone),
and also 3Canal’s 2010 Carnival theatrical presentation JAM-IT (The Police Corporal and The Prime Minister).
He was also seen in 3Canal’s 2007 production of The 3Canal Bachhanal Show where he played The Midnight Robber and their 2008 production of Shine; Caribeana Imperia again with 3Canal at the GALA Hispanic Theatre,
Washington DC playing The Poems Man; Jesus Christ Superstar with The Baggasse Company playing Pontius Pilate and the David Rudder/Tony Hall musical The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club playing Michael Samson, Inspector Samuels and Landlord Edwards.