Michael J. Bobbitt
Michael J. Bobbitt is the Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC, since 2007. Under Michael’s leadership, Adventure has grown from a $450K Budget to $2.6M and grown its patron base from 15K to 80K annually, led the company through a merger with Musical Theatre Center in 2012. He is the recipient of the 2015 Excel Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the 2010 County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities – Emerging Leader Award and Maryland Theatre Guide’s 2015 Person of the Year Award.
Currently, he also serves on the board of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, and the Nonprofit Village and Advisory Boards for Flying V and The Actor’s Center. He was President of the League of Washington Theatres and served on the Board of theatreWashington, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. He has served on grants panels for The National Endowment for the Arts, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Maryland State Arts Council. He has been a respondent for the Cohen New Works Festival at the University of Texas, The Junior Theatre Festival and the South Eastern Theatre Conference.
Michael has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the DC region, including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, Next Stop Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Metro Stage, Rorshach Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera. He has been nominated for numerous Helen Hayes Awards. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and 1996 Olympics. As a writer, his work has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival. His new musicals, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and Caps for Sale appeared at the New Victory Theatre in NYC, toured Nationally and Three Little Birds received a Charles MacArthur Award Nomination for Outstanding New Play or Musical.
His leadership training is from the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative – Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, The National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, the Coaching Initiative for Non Profit Leaders of Color – National Training Laboratories & Mosaica, Leadership Montgomery, Financial Reporting and Management Institute: Nonprofit Roundtable, Theatre Leadership Institute: American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21).
Michael has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Montgomery College, Howard University, and the Washington Ballet. He lives in Glen Echo, Maryland with his partner Craig and teenaged adopted son, Sang.