Michael David Stewart (b. 1992) is a Canadian director, writer, and performer.
Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Michael grew up on Vancouver Island. His love for art, theatre and film became apparent at a young age, creating experimental videos, pseudo news casts and stunt videos with friends in his local neighbourhood. After performing in a high school production of The Outsiders, it was his director Drew Kemp (The Honeymooners), who encouraged him to put time and effort into his work as a performer. He received a diploma from School Creative Institute of the Arts and began working in film and theatre in Vancouver.
Michael has continued to approach performance as an interactive, immersive art form, emphasizing play, child-like spontaneity, and absurdist humour. His works are noticeable for their explorative quality and philosophical principals. Projects are produced emphasizing improvisation and collaboration, minimizing pre production and creating a more organic rehearsal experience.
He is the currently the creative director of production collective Truth Machine. Specializing in devised performance, the collective creates cutting edge original material through collaboration with performers, musicians and filmmakers.
From 2017 - 2019 Michael Co-Founded and worked through production collective MO/MS with artist Madelyn Osborne. Their sophomore effort, Asking Alice was presented as part of rEvolver Festival 2018 in Vancouver and SKAMPede Theatre festival 2018 in Victoria, BC
From 2015 - 2017 Michael assisted in the production of and directed Almost a Stepmom which was seen on stages in Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg & Calgary. It also ran as part of Vancouver Celtic Fest and SHIFT One Act Play Festival in Vancouver. Lead actress Keara Barnes received the Jesters Cap award at the Calgary Fringe Festival for her performance.
Michael performed a leading role in the short film Youth 3000 which was presented at Sydney World Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Short Film Corner Cannes, Stockholm Independent Film Festival, & The Artist Forum Festival of The Moving Image New York.
In 2016 he was hired as the face of Hot Wheels "Sidewalk Speedway" campaign. The commercial campaign has garnered over ten million views on Youtube.