Michael Ross Albert

Toronto-born Michael Ross Albert is a playwright whose work has been performed across Canada and the United States, and in the United Kingdom.

His two most recent plays, The Huns and Anywhere were produced as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2019 and 2018, respectively. Both plays were named Patron’s Pick of their respective theatres; both were selected for remounts in the Best of Fringe Festival; both were listed among NOW Magazine’s Outstanding New Plays; and excerpts from both plays appear in Smith & Krauss’ collection of Best Monologues of 2018 and 2019.

Other recent works include Miss (FringeNYC; Unit 102 Actors Company); and The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).


Michael debuted five new works in the New York International Fringe Festival, including The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome (published in Best American Short Plays 2014-2015) and For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard (Next Stage Theatre Festival).

Along with the Storefront Theatre, Michael produced the sold-out world premiere production of his play Tough Jews in the heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market. The production was nominated for 6 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production. Tough Jews received the My Entertainment World  Critic’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play.

His play Starfishes opened Off-Broadway at the Theatre at Dance New Amsterdam and  is included in Best American Short Plays 2010-2011. It has since been performed across the United States and Canada.

The Jenny Wiley Theatre commissioned Michael to write The Big Sandy River Plays, a triptych of original local historical fiction, which was performed in repertory over three seasons between 2013-2015 in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Michael wrote the book of a new musical adaptation of The Jazz Singer, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson, which received its world premiere in Spring 2017 at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company in association with Dancap Productions.

Michael received an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.  Michael is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.