Artistic Director of Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
Dr. McKelvey comes to Tulane after serving as the Head of Voice and Associate Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Before moving to the northeast, Michael lived in Austin, TX where he served as an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Music Department, as well as Director of Musical Theatre at St. Edward's University for seven years. Prior to SEU, he taught drama and musical theatre at St. Stephen's School, where he was recognized as Teacher of the Year and his program won the PSIA State OAP title.
As a freelance director, music director and producer, Michael has won numerous awards and worked with Penfold Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Prime Stage, Zilker Theatre Productions, Interlakes Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, The State Theatre, Austin Playhouse, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, and many others. He is also the co-founder of Summer Stock Austin, an award-winning educational theatre company, and artistic director of Doctuh Mistuh Productions, which specializes in bringing Off-Broadway works to new audiences. Recently, his productions of Heathers (2015) and Silence, The Musical (2014) were recipients of the B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Director.
In addition, he has taught, presented workshops and adjudicated for numerous performing arts schools and organizations including Texas Arts Project, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Texas Thespian State Conference, Austin Musical Theatre Academy, Zachary Scott Performing Arts School, National Association of Teachers of Singing (Louisiana Chapter), Texas Music Educators Association, UIL (Texas) State Solo & Ensemble, and UIL (Texas) One Act Play Contest.
In addition to his artistic director and teaching duties at Tulane, Dr. McKelvey recently conducted Sweeney Todd for Tulane Musical Theatre and created The Story Road Project, which tours musical theatre works to underserved school children in the Greater New Orleans area.