Michael Culp
Actor, Singer, Dancer
CAEA
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
– Vince Lombardi

Michael was born in Holmen, Wisconsin, a small town along the Mississippi river. He attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and attained a Bachelor degree in Theatre, and minored in Dance and Musical Theatre Performance. While at River Falls, he was in “Gypsy”, “Cherry Orchard”, “O’ Pioneers”, “Tartuffe”, and a Company Member in an original piece called “Stuff”. On top of these main stage shows, he was involved in numerous one-act plays as actor, director, and lighting designer. He also spent three years in the UW-RF Dance Theatre, where he was a dancer, choreographer and lighting designer. And was also fortunate enough to be a part of the 1998 Concert Choir tour of Italy where he was able to sing in some amazing churches including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

During his summers between school years, Michael worked as a singer/dancer at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, MN. He worked there for four seasons performing in musical review shows, spanning many musical genres. He was also selected to be a Team Leader for one season. After University, Michael relocated to Tampa, FL where he worked at Busch Gardens. There he performed as both a singer and a dancer in their review shows as well as an industrial production for the Boys and Girls Club.

Michael next took his talents to the seas, spending the next 8 years working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a featured singer. He performed onboard 10 different ships in over 20 different shows. Each show being a review type show varying in styles from swing, disco, broadway, and pop. Along with the main stage production shows, he performed in themed numbers, parades, 70’s sets, and jazz sets. He enjoyed being able to travel around most of the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Panama Canal, Mexico, Alaska, around the Mediterranean, and meeting his wife while doing so.

After landing shore side, Michael has been in “West Side Story” twice; at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, NS as Luis (Chino Understudy), and again with the Vancouver Opera in Vancouver, BC as Nibbles (Bernardo Understudy). He has also been seen in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as Issachar and the male Apache Dancer at WCT in Kamloops, BC, as Coricopat in Theatre Calgary’s Production of “Cats” in Calgary, AB, and as Juan in “Altar Boyz” with the Arts Club in Vancouver, BC.

Michael would like to thank his parents in Wisconsin for helping shape and groom the man that he has become, his brother for keeping him humble, and his wife for her constant love and support.