Michael J. Bobbitt
TitlesAssociate Professor of Theater
Michael J. Bobbitt joined the Conservatory in 2020. An arts leader, director, choreographer, educator, and playwright, he is artistic director of the New Repertory Theater, where he directed Oliver! Bobbitt previously served as artistic director for Adventure Theatre MTC in Maryland (2007–2019), where he led the organization to be a nationally respected theater/training company based in the Washington, D.C. area. He led a merger with Musical Theater Center, increased the organizational budget and audience, transferred two shows to off-Broadway, built an academy, and earned eight Helen Hayes Awards. A focus of Bobbitt's work has been to connect with underserved populations and increase cultural diversity in theater. He pioneered sensory-friendly performances for children with autism spectrum disorders and other sensory sensitivities.
Bobbitt has directed and/or choreographed at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. He has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new plays and musicals.
Previously, Bobbitt taught musical theater and dance at Howard University, Catholic University, George Washington University, and Montgomery College and dance at the Washington School of Ballet and the Dance Institute of Washington. As a writer, his work was chosen for the NYC International Fringe Festival and the New York and Musical Theatre Festival. He has two plays published by Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals. He trained at Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management and other top leadership programs.