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Michael Heitzman is a director-writer living in New York City. 

Recent: 42nd Street Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Beauty and the Beast/La Mirada/McCoy Rigby Entertainment, 42nd Street at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago (2018 Jeff Award nomination, Best Director), Newsies, Big River and Legally Blonde at Sacramento Music Circus, Beauty and the Beast, SHREK and Disney's The Little Mermaid, at North Shore Music Theater (7 of Boston’s 2016 IRNE Award nominations, including Best Director). 

He is the Resident Director of The Lucille Lortel Awards for nine years, which celebrates excellence Off-Broadway. He is also the director and co-writer of VICES which was nominated for 8 Jeff Awards, including Best Director. 

Other credits: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (associate director, Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (associate director, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Dallas Summer Musicals, 5th Avenue). 

For television, he co-wrote and directed the single camera situation comedy Scott Free starring Danny Burstein, Beth Leavel, Mary Testa and Kathy Najimy.  He also directed the Broadway medley with James Inglehart, Mamma Mia, Peter Gallagher and the Rockettes for the premiere episode of the Meredith Vieira daytime talk show.

A 2009 Dramatist Guild Fellow, he and longtime writing partner Ilene Reid are co-writers of the Grammy-nominated song “Throw That Girl Around” from the Broadway musical Swing!  Their musical Bingo! The Winning Musical, co-written with David Holcenberg, had a successful off-­Broadway run and continues to have numerous productions both nationally and internationally. He and Ms. Reid are currently working with director/choreographer Josh Rhodes on their new musical Solana and have begun writing a musical adaptation of the Patrick Dennis novel, Genius.  For samples and more information about my writing, go to


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