Acting Instruction

with Michael Grayman-Parkhurst, Artistic Director

Michael teaches acting, improvisation and musical theatre song interpretation for ages 13 through adult. He specializes in preparing the young actor for professional auditions (including résume retooling) in Kansas City and beyond as well as in preparing the college-bound actor for university and conservatory auditions. Michael’s students are frequently accepted into the top theatre and musical theatre training programs in the country, and find satisfying and challenging work in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Kansas City through a sound development of technique based on truth, circumstances and character analysis.

“I learned how to become someone else when working with Michael. It’s easy to get caught up in memorizing the words or lyrics on the page but Michael pushed me to create and find meaning in every phrase, word, and comma. He also creates such a relaxing energy in his sessions so it’s very freeing and easy to explore and try new things!”

– Daniel Beeman

“Michael Grayman’s instruction has definitely prepared me for a career in theatre. He has helped me to understand the kind of professional I want to be. Our work together has challenged me to develop my skills in order to pursue success as a performer.”

-Callie Fabac

For Private Coaching rates and availability*:  (816) 569-5277 or

*Michael’s acting studio is currently full, but you may add your name to the waiting list.


Michael Grayman is Artistic Director and co-founder of Spinning Tree Theatre. For Spinning Tree, Michael has directed Kansas City premieres of 13, Violet, Ghost-Writer, Hello Again, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As told by Himself), The Year of Magical Thinking and Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn as well as Amadeus, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, A Little Night Music, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Fantasticks and Master Class.

Also in Kansas City, Michael directed Flat Stanley and Narnia for Starlight Theatre at The Kauffman Center; Annie Jr and Bugsy Malone Jr for The Coterie, and served as Associate Director on Sylvia at The New Theatre.

Michael studied directing and producing at Princeton’s famed McCarter Theatre Center as assistant director to such notables as: Tony Award winner Garry Hynes on the 2007 Broadway revival of Translations; Kent Gash on Tarell McCraney’s The Brothers Size and Artistic Director Emily Mann on her world premiere production of Mrs. Packard, which Michael assisted in transferring to The Kennedy Center. In New York City, Michael directed Left Bank Bookseller at Barrow Group Theatre, Chinadoll Overdrive for NYC Summer Play Festival, and was associate director to Tom Caruso on Zombie for New York Fringe Festival. Regional directing credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (The Barnstormers Theatre, New Hampshire); Part of Me Missing (McCarter Theatre). Assistant director: Mrs Packard (Kennedy Center); The Brothers Size (McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ); A Night in the Old Marketplace (Prince Music Theatre, Philadelphia).

Michael has been a teaching artist for The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company and Accelerated School Overland Park. He recently completed a successful semester teaching musical theatre at The University of Kansas with Andrew Parkhurst and accompanist/music director Ryan McCall.

As a 22-year member of Actors’ Equity Association, Broadway national tour credits include the 40th anniversary production of West Side Story supervised by Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents, The King and I and Mamma Mia! Michael is a graduate of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.